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France through to the world cup 2018 after quite a successful qualifying campaign

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Published : Wednesday 11 October, 2017 09:57 PM
France through to the world cup 2018 after quite a successful qualifying campaign

France have qualified for the 2018 World Cup and will be among the favourites for the tournament, despite securing their place with an unimpressive performance.

It looked as though Les Bleus would sail to the three points they required to hold off Sweden at the top of Group A when Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud struck within the space of six first half minutes.

However Anton Saroka replied just before half time and should have bagged another after the break, but France held on to the delight of the Stade de France. 

France have made heavier weather than many would have imagined of their World Cup qualification campaign, needing to win their last game in order to be sure of booking their passage to Russia 2018.

Fortunately, that game was against Belarus at home, and even Didier Deschamps' apparent attempt to suck all the joy out of what might just be the most talented squad in world football was not enough to stop Les Bleus from making it. The 2-1 scoreline was not exactly the convincing victory fans would have hoped for, but it does mean the job is done.

So who will Deschamps take to the tournament? There is a lot of football to be played between now and then. Form and fitness will play their part, but this would seem a reasonable guess at France's eventual 23.

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