Liverpool and Manchester United target better than Ribery? French fans say so

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According to a poll run by FranceFootball, supporters want Manchester United and Liverpool target Antoine Griezmann to replace Franck Ribery in the French national side for the World Cup in Brazil.

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The overwhelming majority opted for the 23-year-old with just two international caps to his name over the more experienced Ribery who was nominated for the Ballon d'Or trophy just last year.

Franck Ribery, along with a number of high-profile France stars, has been blamed in the past for below-par performances on the international stage.

Which if you cast your mind back to the 2010 World Cup, where France were left bottom of their group, it's probably no surprise some France supporters meet their experienced pros with an apathetic view. Not to mention their qualification for the finals in Brazil was not exactly plain sailing either.

France finished second in their group, three points behind Spain, and had to play in the play-offs against Ukraine. Easy, right? Well no, not exactly.

France went into the first-leg full of confidence, but the smiles were quickly removed when Ukraine scored two second-half goals leaving them to chase a 2-0 deficit in the second-leg. However, in the end, their quality shone through and, largely thanks to a very rare Mamadou Sakho brace, Les Bleus booked their place in the World Cup finals.

Whether or not, Griezmann deserves to start over Ribery who, in fairness, has scored three times as much as any other midfielder in their squad is debatable. But, with a fast growing reputation like his, it would be advisable to both Manchester United and Liverpool to move quick to secure his services. 

A good World Cup and prices quoted for the player could double, and then some.

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