By Craig Pearson on May 30, 2014
France manager Didier Deschamps selected a slightly controversial squad for this year's World Cup, especially deciding against selecting Manchester City star Samir Nasri. Deschamps still brings a talented squad to Brazil, though, and here are the best five players from the France national team.
Raphael Varane has endured an injury hit season at Real Madrid, but there is no doubting his quality when fully fit. Varane enjoyed a breakout season during the 2012-13 campaign, and the hopes were for another big impact this year. That did not happen due to injury, but Varane has an opportunity in Brazil to remind everybody, on such a big stage, of the quality he has.
Like most goalkeepers, Hugo Lloris is capable of a costly mistake at times, but his shot stopping ability is among the very best in the world. Now the France captain, Lloris is a very important part of the team, and Les Bleus will be hoping Lloris will be at his brilliant best when he is called upon this summer.
Paul Pogba is one of the most talked about young players in the world. Since leaving Manchester United for Juventus, Pogba has been a revelation and his energy, power and drive from midfield will all be key attributes for France. Pogba can tackle and contribute defensively, but he also has the capability to drive forward and be a threat offensively as well. He could be an even bigger star after this summer's World Cup.
Karim Benzema can blow hot and cold at times, but when he's hot he can be really hot. Benzema has proved himself to be one of the best strikers in the world at Real Madrid in recent seasons, and France will be relying on Benzema to score the goals that can fire them to success in Brazil.
Franck Ribery is France's most creative and overall best player. Ribery has been a huge part of the success of Bayern Munich over the past few years, and if he can translate that to the French national team this summer, then France will be a whole lot better for it. His pace and direct running at opponents usually opens up space to attack, and Ribery is always a reliable creative source for the strikers of whichever team he plays for.
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