Team profile: France

Star midfielder Zinedine Zidane will aim to end his career on the highest of notes, whether his support cast can stick to the script remains to be seen. Striker Thierry Henry is in sparkling form, but few of the other 'Les Bleus' superstars seem even close to being at their best.

    FIFA Ranking: 8

    Coach: Raymond Domenech

    Key players: Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet

    World Cup record: 11th appearance

    Best Finish: Champion 1998

    Last appearance: First round 2002

    Qualifying route: Won European Group 4

    Key question: After the disastrous World Cup defence, can the ageing legs relive their glory days?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Mickael Landreau 1
    Fabien Barthez 16
    Gregory Coupet 23
    Defenders
    Jean-Alain Boumsong 2
    Eric Abidal 3
    William Gallas 5
    Mikael Silvestre 13
    Lilian Thuram 15
    Gael Givet 17
    Willy Sagnol 19
    Pascal Chimbonda 21
    Midfielders
    Patrick Viera 4
    Claude Makalele 6
    Florent Malouda 7
    Vikash Dhorasoo 8
    Zinedine Zidane 10
    Alou Diarra 18
    Franck Ribery 22
    Forwards
    Djibril Cisse 9

    Sylvain Wiltord

    11
    Thierry Henry 12
    Louis Saha 14
    David Trezeguet 20

    Group matches:

    v Switzerland, 16:00 GMT, Tuesday 13th June - Stuttgart

    v Korea Republic, 19:00 GMT, Sunday 18th June - Leipzig

    v Togo, 19:00 GMT, Friday 23rd June - Cologne

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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