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he last time Di­dier Deschamps led his c tr at a ma r als h me s il the re ch ma ished the t r ame t hoist­ing aloft the World Cup in­side the Stade de France. As cap­tain of the French side of 1998, Deschamps helped make his­tory along­side the likes of Zine­dine Zi­dane, Fa­bien Barthez and Mar­cel De­sailly. Now he re­turns to the scene of such ec­stasy as head coach. With such spe­cial St De­nis mem­o­ries damp­ened by last Novem­ber’s ter­ror­ist at­tacks on Paris that will in­evitably play on the minds of sup­port­ers, emo­tions will be run­ning high for the French side.

arim Ben­zema, the proli c eal Ma drid for­ward, has al­ready been told he is not wel­come in the France set up as he con­tin­ues to be in­ves­ti­gated for his part in an alleged plot to black­mail in­terna tional team­mate Mathieu Val­buena.

Mean­while, Franck ibery, the Bay­ern Mu­nich winger who re­tired af­ter the 2014 World Cup, con­tin­ues to pon­der whether he is will­ing to re­turn to the fold. Yet a new promis­ing gen­er­a­tion of ta­lents com ple­ment­ing the more e pe­ri­enced gures of Hugo Lloris, Lau­rent Ko­scielny and Mor­gan Sch­nei­der­lin have the abil­ity to bring oie de vivre back to Les Bleus with out the need for Ben­zema or ibery. Paul Pogba, the 2 year old uven­tus mid el­der al­ready be­ing spo­ken of as the player most likely to break the world trans­fer record, is a phe­nom­e­nal ath­lete in the mould of Pa­trick Vieira but with the deft touches, sub­lime skills and eye for goal of Zi­dane. Striker Anthony Mar tial is fast with two good feet, both of which have re­mained rmly on the ground de­spite Manch­ester United spend­ing £36 mil­lion last sum­mer on a 19 year old who had made just a hand­ful of games for Monaco. And in Anthony Griez­mann, Ale an­dre La­cazette and aphael Varane, they have three play­ers on the cusp of en­ter­ing the bracket of best in the world. Add to that late bloomers in the form of Dim­itri Payet of West Ham and N’Golo Kante of Le­ices­ter City and France have po­ten­tial.

“We must re­main hum­ble, but we have the am­bi­tion to go as far as pos­si­ble,” said Deschamps, who knows he has all the in­gre­di­ents to nish the sum­mer lift­ing a tro­phy in the Stade de France once again.

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