World Cup qualifying for France might have been rather more uncomfortable than they would have wished, but the Euro 2016 runners-up are still among the favourites to lift the crown in Russia.
Arguably no country in the world can match the sheer strength in depth of the French panel, yet historically they are a country that has struggled to extract the maximum from groups often composed of quality players.
This was in evidence as they struggled over the line to reach the finals, drawing with Luxembourg then limping to narrow wins over Bulgaria and Belarus to see off Sweden and Netherlands.
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