Can France progress past the group-stages?

Samir Nasri France

South-Africa 2010 proved to be a World Cup to forget for the French, but can Didier Deschamps side progress past the group-stages in Brazil?

The French national-team had a World Cup to forget back in South-Africa, 2010. Anarchy reigned in the camp as the player and management staff repelled one another.

Four-years on and former midfield French international, Didier Deschamps has taken the helm at the Les Bleus. With a philosophy that is based around attitude and team cohesion, any player who challenges Deschamps views has been ousted. 

Familiar faces such as Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy have not been selected for the World Cup in Brazil. Nasri's banishment comes in the wake of a tense relationship between club and country as the Manchester City midfielder offered the ultimatum of "start me, or lose me". Duly, Nasri was not invited as part of the French squad. 

In spite of the assertive nature of Deschamps, his invaluable experience at the top-level will make France a force to be reckoned with. A lack of discipline cost them dearly last time out, the same mistake surely won't happen twice. 

France have also been scarred by their elimination in the 2002 World Cup where they finished bottom of their group with just a single-point. Recent history will be against the French; something they may use in the favour. 

One must not forget the players they have at their disposal, who when choose to, can turn on the style. The likes of: Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Frank Ribery, Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud have potential to devastate their opponents. 

In recent years, France have struggled to find that missing piece of the jigsaw to make them a feared opposition; currently situated 17th in the FIFA World Rankings, you can see just why. 

France have been drawn against: Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador in the group-stage, whilst most football fans would expect France to ease through the first round, Deschamps will be keen to install a humble manner to the Blues after previous experiences.

With the appointment of Deschamps, maybe he can bring back the glory days from 98' with him?

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