Coming off the back of a World Cup win, can France sustain their dominance at the top of the game?

France UEFA Nations League Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

France 2 Netherlands 1

France: 16 Areola, 2 Pavard, 4 Varane, 5 Umtiti, 21 Hernández, 6 Pogba, 13 Kanté, 10 Mbappé, 7 Griezmann, 14 Matuidi, 9 Giroud

Netherlands: Cillessen, Tete, de Ligt, van Dijk, Blind, Pröpper, Wijnaldum, de Jong, Promes, 10 Depay, 11 Babel

Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud scored a goal each to win 2-1 after Ryan Babel equalised on the 67th minute.

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France 0 vs Germany 0

Starting Line-ups: 

France: 16 Areola, 2 Pavard, 4 Varane, 5 Umtiti, 21 Hernández, 6 Pogba, 13 Kanté, 10 Mbappé, 7 Griezmann, 14 Matuidi, 9 Giroud

Germany1 Neuer, 4 Ginter, 17 Boateng, 5 Hummels, 16 Rüdiger, 18 Kimmich, 8 Kroos, 13 Müller, 6 Goretzka, 9 Werner, 11 Reus

Neither side could break the dead-lock in Munich with Alphonse Areola the star of the show for France as he made save after save to deny the Germans.


France are once again going to be tough to beat in international competition, especially because their confidence will be sky-high after winning the World Cup in Russia earlier this year. Additionally they have a global star in Kylian Mbappe and the core of their team will remain the same. However the question is whether they can sustain their high level of play in the UEFA Nations League competition.

In their group they face two sides with poor World Cups in that Germany got knocked out in the group stages and the Netherlands did not even qualify for the tournament. We expect France to be strong once again.

Kylian Mbappe of France (Getty Images)

The Coach 

Didier Deschamps, age 49 (15.10.68)
The former France captain won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as a player before taking over as the country’s coach in 2012. Known for his no-nonsense style, Deschamps managed to guide the team to World Cup glory but can they sustain their time at the top.

Didier Deschamps, head coach of France (Getty Images)

France UEFA Nations League Group

France are in League A in the top group alongside Germany and the Netherlands.

France UEFA Nations League Fixtures

06/09/2018 Thursday 20:45 A1 Germany 0 vs France 0
09/09/2018 Sunday 20:45 A1 France 2 vs Netherlands 1
16/10/2018 Tuesday 20:45 A1 France vs Germany
16/11/2018 Friday 20:45 A1 Netherlands vs France

France UEFA Nations League Squad

Didier Deschamps called up each of his World Cup winning side aside from two changes. Benjamin Lecomte has come in to replace an injured Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda is injured too.

GOALKEEPERS: Hugo Lloris (injured), Steve Mandanda (injured), Alphonse Areola, Benjamin Lecomte

DEFENDERS: Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami (retired), Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane

MIDFIELDERS: N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso

FORWARDS: Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin

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