France, this year’s World Cup hosts, will be gunning for victory on home soil this summer, and they are definitely among the favourites to go all the way. In fact, they may never get a better chance; fresh from club success in the Champions League with Lyon this season, Les Bleus will be a threat to the likes of the United States, who are overall favourites, Germany, and Phil Neville’s England. Their journey towards their first title starts at the Parc Des Princes on Friday, against Korea Republic.
Like all good international sides, they are built around the most successful in their domestic league. Lyon have won the last five league titles and four Champions Leagues, having been crowned queens of Europe six times in all.
France boss Corinne Diacre has a very talented squad at her disposal, with a great blend of youth and experience. The likes of Amandine Henry, a 29-year-old driving midfielder and captain of the side, and her Lyon clubmate Eugenie Le Sommer will lead from the front alongside Paris FC’s Gaetane Thiney, who is likely to surpass 160 international caps this summer. The likes of 22-year-old Lyon striker Delphine Cascarino and PSG midfielder Grace Geyoro, 21, will also be looking to impress. Read More