Euro 2012 team guide: Group D – France

Everything you need to know about Group D competitors France

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COACH: Laurent Blanc

WORLD RANKING: 16

QUALIFIED: Group D winners

BEST EURO FINISH: Winners (1984, 2000)

FORMATION: 4-2-3-1

PLAYING STYLE: Attacking

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

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.

STAR PLAYER:

Karim Benzema 

Position: Striker

Age: 24

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 CAPTAIN:

Hugo Lloris

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.

FRANCE FACTS:

Capital: Paris
Population: 65 million
Official language: French
Best ever player: Michel Platini 

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