France UEFA Euro 2016 Predicted lineup: Probable starting 11 for the Les Bleus
Didier Deschamps' likely starting 11 for the UEFA Euro 2016
As we roll down the days to the beginning of the UEFA European Championships 2016, most of us have already picked sides we want to support – if you're not a resident of a participating country that is. While many people would support the likes of Spain, Germany, Portugal and England, France – the hosts this time around – are usually not the most supported team but this year, things could be different.
Yes they have Paul Pogba – one of the most wanted footballers in the world – and they have Anthony Martial, one of France's and Europe's top talent but while they have such marquee players, the team as a whole seems to be getting better and better. Under Didier Deschamps, the team finally look like they can reach the sky again.
While the memories of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Lilian Thuram and Emmanuel Petit are still fresh in French football fans, they finally have the next generation who are truly capable of putting in spectacular performances and possibly even winning their next title.
Here's how I think France will line up for the UEFA European Champions 2016:
A fairly easy decision for the French national team. Hugo Lloris is an automatic starter and the captain of the squad. He helped Tottenham Hotspur go on an incredible run in the Premier League challenging for the title and could carry that incredible form with his national team against some of the best teams in Europe.
The 29-year-old kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League this season and guided his team to an automatic UEFA Champions League qualification spot in the table. His urge to organise his defence and his quickness in coming out and clearing dangerous balls makes him one of the best keepers in the league and in Europe.
With France, he's likely to have a very experienced back four ahead of him which would greatly help him and he could realistically challenge for the golden glove in the competition.