COACH: Laurent Blanc
WORLD RANKING: 16
QUALIFIED: Group D winners
BEST EURO FINISH: Winners (1984, 2000)
PLAYING STYLE: Attacking
Lloris; Debuchy, Mexes, Rami, Clichy; M’Vila, Cabaye; Valbuena, Nasri, Ribery; Benzema
STRENGTHS: The midfield is packed with quality and it’s this which helps them switch from defence to attack in an instant.
WEAKNESSES: An injury to Benzema, or if he has a loss of form, would be a disaster for France because he’s by far their best striker.
Club: Real Madrid
After being surprisingly axed from the France World Cup squad, the powerful goal-machine is desperate to show he’s Europe’s best striker.
The French skipper is still only 25 but one of the world’s best keepers. In fact, some of the saves he pulls off defy gravity – he’s a shot-stopping expert.
Population: 65 million
Official language: French
Best ever player: Michel Platini
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