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Hugo Lloris too humble, focused to celebrate 100 caps for France

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France's underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential.
France's Raphael Varane believes the French media need to be more positive if they want France to do well at the World Cup.

Thursday will be a very special day in Hugo Lloris' career. The France captain will earn his 100th cap against Peru in Yekaterinburg in Les Bleus' second game of the 2018 World Cup. It is a wonderful achievement for the Tottenham goalkeeper and a milestone only achieved seven times in French football history.

Lloris will be in great company as a centurion alongside his current national team head coach Didier Deschamps (103), Patrick Vieira (107), Zinedine Zidane (108), Marcel Desailly (116),...

 By Chris Wright

France World Cup stars 'consume 3 large blocks of cheese, 140 pots of yoghurt per day,' shopkeeper claims

France headed to Russia hoping to show they are the big cheeses of world football, but Les Bleus could see their hopes melting away like a fondue.

The reason? Cheese, at least according to the man who supplies Didier Deschamps' squad with the stuff at their training base in Istra.

Unlike its famously empty Monty Python equivalent, the local shop is well stocked, and sends three large blocks of Kolmogorovski cheese to France team chef Xavier Rousseau every day.

"They're going to get fat. I don't know...

Deschamps gets lucky as France beat Australia but piles on the pressure

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France's underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential.
Alejandro Moreno says it will be difficult for Australia to reach the last 16 at the World Cup, but suggests they can create some chaos in Group C.

MOSCOW -- France did win vs. Australia, but Didier Deschamps lost.

Les Bleus got the three points they wanted with a 2-1 victory Saturday despite their manager getting pretty much everything wrong. Deschamps' ability to guide his very talented squad all the way through this World Cup had been questioned a lot before the start of the competition, and this is without a doubt the worst start he could have hoped for on a personal level.

Before facing the Socceroos, the pressure was on Deschamps...

How far will France go to win the World Cup? They're monitoring the temperature of their drinking water

Janusz Michallik discusses the first VAR incidents of the World Cup following France's 2-1 win over Australia.
Ian Fiveankles is subjected to some harsh VAR decisions for poor sandwich making and interjections. Can we expect more VAR controversy in Russia?

KAZAN, Russia -- France's opening World Cup game, which was against Australia on Saturday, began at 1 p.m. local time. It was a bit of an early start for the players, who are used to playing their biggest matches in the afternoon or evening, and when Hugo Lloris, the France captain and goalkeeper, was asked about the impact of kicking off before most French people would have finished lunch, he smiled.

"It means only one meal," he said. "We would have only an enhanced breakfast in the morning."

The...

Samuel Umtiti flops as slack France stumble to VAR-inspired win over Australia

France scraped past a plucky Australia thanks to an 80th minute goal from Paul Pogba.
Janusz Michallik discusses the first VAR incidents of the World Cup following France's 2-1 win over Australia.
ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik feels France's midfield lacks a true leader which could be detrimental to their World Cup hopes.
France scraped past a plucky Australia thanks to an 80th minute goal from Paul Pogba.

France made a winning start to their World Cup Group C campaign with a 2-1 victory over Australia in Kazan, but needed video assisted refereeing (VAR) and goal-line technology to secure all three points.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the penalty spot after Les Bleus were awarded a spot-kick through VAR, but Mile Jedinak levelled with a penalty for the Aussies after a Samuel Umtiti handball before Paul Pogba applied the finishing touches to a neat team move to confirm the triumph.

Positives

The result...

VAR, goal-line technology drama bails out Deschamps in France's sloppy win

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France's underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential.
Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win.
ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik feels France's midfield lacks a true leader which could be detrimental to their World Cup hopes.
Janusz Michallik discusses the first VAR incidents of the World Cup following France's 2-1 win over Australia.
World Cup: Mile Jedinak (62') France 1-1 Australia
World Cup: Antoine Griezmann (58') France 1-0 Australia
Ian Fiveankles is subjected to some harsh VAR decisions for poor sandwich making and interjections. Can we expect more VAR controversy in Russia?

KAZAN -- Three quick points from France 2-1 Australia in Group C at the World Cup on Saturday.

1. History made as VAR rules World Cup

France began their World Cup campaign with a nervy, historic victory over Australia thanks to the first-ever penalty awarded by video assistant referee (VAR).

After Joshua Risdon's late tackle on Antoine Griezmann just before the hour mark, referee Andres Cunha decided to have a look at the video after initially not giving a penalty.

The Uruguayan referee then changed...