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: Al Jazeera