The Euro 2016 runners-up and 2018 World Cup champions will try to add next year’s tournament title in their medal haul with France boss Didier Deschamps’ being careful in selecting his potential XI. As the reigning world champions, there is a real pressure on France to perform at Euro 2020. Here is the potential XI of the Azzurri for the Euro 2020:
Hugo Lloris (Goalkeeper)
The captain of the team, Hugo Lloris, is also France’s first-choice goalkeeper following his recovery from an injury. Llorisfirst came to limelight when he helped his country and was the key person in their qualification in the 2010 World Cup. He became a captain in 2010 led the team into the quarter-finals of both Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, runners-up at Euro 2016, and winners at the 2018 World Cup.
Benjamin Pavard (Right Back)
The Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard was also the key person in the success of the team in the 2018 World Cup. During that time, Pavard became the first French defender to score a goal in the World Cup since Lilian Thuram scored against Croatia in the 1998 semi-final. He is regarded as France’s best right-back of this generation. His domestic league performance was also impressive this season.
Clement Lenglet (Centre Back)
Despite having an unimpressive display this season with the fallen Barcelona squad, the Barca defender Clement Lenglet has what it takes to dominate this position for France. Although he made certain errors in the qualifying rounds of Euro 2020 last year, Deschamps remains confident with Lenglet’s skills and will certainly get the starting spot for next year’s tournament.
Samuel Umtiti (Centre Back)
Another rising centre-back is Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti. Despite not being picked to start for France in the Euro 2020 qualifiers last year due to injury along with Ousmane Dumbele, Umtiti has shown strength in club level that is needed for the team’s success in the tournament. His performance in the 2018 World Cup helped the team to its success, and if he stays fit until next year, he might return to action.
Ferland Mendy (Left Back)
Real Madrid clinched its title with the help Ferland Mendy’sdefensive prowess. The Zine Zidane inspired Mendy has developed his skills during his time in the Spanish outfit. He is one of the potential remedy for France’s crippled left-back. His impressive dribbles and ambidexterity enables him to have a lot more options on the ball and also get past his man with ease.