France will be hoping to defend their World Cup crown when they travel to Qatar this winter.
Les Bleus were kings of the world four years ago, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russia to secure their second crown. With a young team full of quality and potential, France will have hoped to use that as a springboard for more success.
The latest France odds to win the World Cup
|Betting Market||888Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|France to win the World Cup||11/2||11/2||11/2|
|France to reach semi-final odds||6/4||6/4||11/8|
|France to reach quarter-final odds||4/9||4/9||1/2|
|France odds to win Group D||4/11||4/11||2/5|
|Kylian Mbappe World Cup Golden Boot odds||9/1||8/1||8/1|
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France will fancy their chances of becoming the first team to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil in 1962 but they first have to get over the recent curse. In four of the past five tournaments, the holders have gone out of the group stages, with Germany, Spain, Italy and France all faltering.
Should they get over that, the first two knockout rounds could be kind to France but the semi-finals is where they will truly be tested.
France route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|France vs Australia||Al Janoub Stadium||22 November 2022, 7pm|
|France vs Denmark||Stadium 974||26 November 2022, 4pm|
|Tunisia vs France||Education City Stadium||30 November 2022, 3pm|
*All times GMT
France have been given an interesting group at the World Cup and will surely fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages. Both Australia and Tunisia represent minimal threats but France will be wary of Denmark who finished above them in the Uefa Nations League and beat Les Bleus in Paris.
Who could France meet in the knockout rounds?
If France were to win Group D they would face the runners-up of Group C, currently expected to be Poland, though Mexico will also be in with a chance. After that, the winners of Group B and runners-up of Group A will be the potential opponent, opening up the likes of England, USA, Netherlands and Senegal. There are no easy semi-finals in the World Cup and even if they win their group France will have to face someone from the likes of Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay.
|If France win Group D||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Poland|
If France defy the odds and don’t win Group D but still qualify, they’ll go to the other side of the bracket and take on Group C winners, expected to be Argentina. From there they will face either the Group A winner or Group B runners up, which again brings Netherlands, England, Senegal and USA into play. And again there is no hiding in the semi-finals.
|If France come runners up in Group D||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Argentina|
Our predicted France World Cup 2022 squad
|Mike Maignan||Goalkeeper||27||AC Milan|
|Theo Hernandez||Defender||24||AC Milan|
|Raphael Varane||Defender||29||Man Utd|
|Benjamin Pavard||Defender||26||Bayern Munich|
|Ferland Mendy||Defender||27||Real Madrid|
|Lucas Hernandez||Defender||26||Bayern Munich|
|Dayot Upamecano||Defender||23||Bayern Munich|
|Aurelien Tchouameni||Midfielder||22||Real Madrid|
|Edouardo Camavinga||Midfielder||19||Real Madrid|
|Boubacar Kamara||Midfielder||22||Aston Villa|
|Karim Benzema||Forward||34||Real Madrid|
|Olivier Giroud||Forward||35||AC Milan|
|Antoine Griezmann||Forward||31||Atletico Madrid|
|Kingsley Coman||Forward||26||Bayern Munich|
|Moussa Diaby||Forward||23||Bayer Leverkusen|
France players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
France top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Kylian Mbappe
France look set to be blessed with a number of top goalscorers at the World Cup in Qatar including Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud, who is chasing Thierry Henry as Les Bleus all-time top scorer. But it will all be about Kylian Mbappe.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward has 27 goals in 57 games for France and was a key player in helping them win the World Cup. At the age of just 19, Mbappe scored four goals including one in the World Cup final – becoming the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele in 1958.
France player to watch – Karim Benzema
Just a few years ago Karim Benzema playing at the 2022 World Cup seemed to be a distant dream, as he had been frozen out of the national team. But the Real Madrid’s striker made it too hard for Deschamps to ignore him with scintillating form at club level. Since the start of the 2021/22 campaign, Benzema has scored 48 goals in 52 games for Los Blancos to help them win La Liga and the Champions League. He has carried that form over to France with 10 goals in 16 games since his return.
France emerging player to look out for – Edouardo Camavinga
The future is now for France when it comes to central midfield and it’s an ideal time for it to happen, with Paul Pogba missing the World Cup through injury and Kante suffering with his own fitness problems. Edouardo Camavinga was already showing signs of being a world class midfielder but has been thriving in midfield for Real Madrid this season, something that can also benefit France. The Frenchman has so far completed 91.91% of his passes in La Liga including 43 of 48 in the final third, while also completing six of his 12 attempted take-ons.
France tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Didier Deschamps came under criticism for his tactics in France’s last-16 defeat to Switzerland at Euro 2020, switching to a 3-4-2-1 from his tried-and-tested 4-3-3 which threw the players out of sync.
Deschamps stuck with a three-at-the-back formation for some time and it did help when win the 2021 Nations League, beating Spain, but poor recent form has the Frenchman floundering again. If he wants to get both Mbappe and Benzema into the team, Deschamps could go to a 3-4-1-2 or 4-4-2, using the latter in a 1-0 defeat to Croatia. In that system, Adrien Rabiot and Christopher Nkunku offered the width, while N’Golo Kante would surely come into one of the central midfield slots once recovered from injury alongside Camavinga.
Where are France in the Fifa world rankings?
France are currently fourth in the world rankings with only Argentina, Belgium and Brazil above Les Bleus.
Who is the France manager?
Didier Deschamps is the current France manager, brought in to replace Laurent Blanc in 2012 after the European Championships of that year. Deschamps has since led France to a quarter-final finish at the 2014 World Cup, runners-up spot at Euro 2016, World Cup glory in 2018 and a round-of-16 exit at Euro 2020. In winning the World Cup in 2018, Deschamps became the third man to win the tournament both as a player and a manager, after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.
Who is the current France captain?
Hugo Lloris is France’s captain and has been since February 2012, first named by Blanc who had previously rotated the armband across several players following Thierry Henry’s retirement.
How many times have France won the World Cup?
The 2018 World Cup glory was France’s second crown having also won the tournament in 1998 as hosts, beating Brazil in the final. They reached the final once again in 2006 but were beaten by Italy on penalties, a game often remembered for Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt.
How many times have France competed in the World Cup?
Qatar will be France’s 16th appearance at a World Cup finals, and they haven’t missed a tournament since 1994 (a run of two World Cups without France).
Who has scored France most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Just Fontaine has scored 13 goals for France at World Cup finals, more than any other player. All 13 of Fontaine’s goals came in the 1958 World Cup, a record which still stands today, and only three players have managed more World Cup goals than Fontaine in the competition’s history.
Which player from France has the most World Cup appearances?
Fabien Barthez has played more World Cup games than any other France player, making 17 appearances across three tournaments between 1998 and 2006.