Headlines swirling around had commented that France might even have too much talent to choose from—more individual talent than any other team in the tournament! For the Les Bleus, talent isn’t even the question. It is how you choose players and get them on the same page. For that, their choice for starting 11 lineup would make an extremely exciting one to watch.
For starters, here are the 23 players on Belgium’s international team:
Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola, Layvin Kurzawa, Benjamin Mendy, Samuel Umtiti, Raphaël Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibé, Thomas Lemar, Blaise Matuidi, C. Tolisso, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Ousman Dembele, S. Nzonzi, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Nabil Fakir, Olivier Giroud
We believe that these 11 players will form France’s starting lineup against Australia.
Deschamps seems to be tinkering with his line-up over the recent friendly matches—from the insecure 4-2-2-2 in one March friendly to 4-3-3 that played to Pogba’s strengths. Is there room for Pogba, Griezmann and Lemar in the starting line-up? Will their inconsistent defense hold up? Well, we’ll all tune in on June 16 to find out!