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Inside France's World Cup ceremony

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Aymeric Laporte's dominant form has Man City perplexed at continued France omission

French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf explains why France doesn't really care about its national team's group-stage exit in the UEFA Nations League.

Only one outfield player has completed every single minute of Manchester City's outstanding start to the Premier League and Champions League this season, yet bizarrely, he is still yet to earn a single international appearance.

While his teammates were flying to all corners of the globe, Aymeric Laporte was again snubbed by Didier Deschamps ahead of France's Nations League defeat to the Netherlands. That was followed by a friendly with Uruguay when Deschamps started with Mamadou Sakho of Crystal...

If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
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The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.

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Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...


Olivier Giroud follows fine tradition of forwards whose graft means more than goals

Olivier Giroud's penalty proved to be the difference for France in a friendly that saw PSG star Kylian Mbappe depart early with a shoulder injury.
French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf explains why France doesn't really care about its national team's group-stage exit in the UEFA Nations League.

In France's final game of a triumphant 2018, perhaps it's fitting that the spotlight finally fell upon Olivier Giroud. Handed the ball by Antoine Griezmann, the Chelsea striker scored a penalty to give his country a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a friendly.

At the World Cup this summer, Giroud took much more of a back seat. He had a largely sacrificial role in Russia, drawing the attention of the opposing centre-backs so that his fellow attackers could roam in the space he had created. He didn't score...

Didier Deschamps seems helpless to stop France from repeating 1998 World Cup hangover

The ESPN FC crew react to France's surprise 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in Rotterdam.
Antoine Griezmann tells ESPNFC how he believes Zinedine Zidane would be the perfect replacement once current France manager Didier Deschamps leaves the role.

The walls of the away dressing room at the Stadion Feijenoord in Rotterdam are still trembling. The hairdryer treatment received by the France players from Didier Deschamps after their 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands on Friday could be heard from miles away. The French manager was outraged by the performance of his team.

Les Bleus lacked everything in a game in which a draw would have been enough to see them advancing to the Nations League final four. And their manager didn't like it at all....

Kylian Mbappe's rise for PSG and France has been meteoric, but what does his future hold?

Kylian Mbappe is still too young to buy himself a beer in the U.S., but is a World Cup winner, twice French champion and has a couple of domestic cups in his trophy cabinet at home too. The France forward is the most-talked-about young player in the world and is already among the five best players of any age on the planet right now. And all of that just a month short of his 20th birthday.

It will feel like a long time ago for him but in two weeks, on Dec. 2, Mbappe will celebrate the third anniversary...

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud stars as Green Goblin in new Spider Man animation

Olivier Giroud plays the Green Goblin in the French-dubbed version of upcoming animation 'Spider-Man: New Generation'
Giroud's voice can be heard in the French-dubbed version of upcoming animation 'Spider-Man: New Generation'.

In a somewhat unlikely turn of events, World Cup winners Olivier Giroud and Presnel Kimpembe have made their acting debuts.

The two France internationals have provided voices for fairly major characters in a new Spider-Man animation that is set to air next month.

The duo have laid down their vocal talents alongside French actor Stephane Bak and singer Camelia Jordana.

Giroud plays the Green Goblin ("Bouffon Vert") in the French-dubbed version of "Spider-Man: New Generation," while Kimpembe fills...