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Pogba primed for success

 By Mark Rodden

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is vital for France - Thiago Silva

ESPN FC's Alison Bender and Julien Laurens preview what awaits visitors to France.

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva feels that Karim Benzema is "indispensable" to France, indicating that the Real Madrid striker should not be left out of their Euro 2016 squad.

Although he is currently in scintillating form for his club, in December Benzema, 28, was suspended from the national team indefinitely.

That decision came as a result of the former Lyon player being charged with conspiracy to blackmail for an alleged role in an attempt to extort money from France teammate Mathieu...

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Aymeric Laporte: My aim is to play for France despite Spain eligibility

Aymeric Laporte has stressed that he sees his international future with France.

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has stressed that he wants to play international football for France despite being eligible to represent Spain.

Laporte, who was born in Agen and has represented France at youth level, has yet to win a senior cap -- and that means he could still play for Vicente del Bosque's side.

After an interview on Onda Vasca radio in which he appeared to suggest he may keep his options open, the 21-year-old clarified his position on Twitter.

He wrote: "I would like to...

French federation backs Gianni Infantino for FIFA president

Here are the five candidates who will stand for election to be president of FIFA, the election to be held February 26.
Jerome Champagne lays out his mission statement ahead of the FIFA presidential elections.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives a run down of the FIFA presidential candidates ahead of the election.
UEFA have said they won't hold a presidential election until Platini's appeal against his eight-year ban is complete.
FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino expressed his confidence ahead of next month's election.

PARIS -- In the absence of the banned Michel Platini, the French Football Federation is supporting Gianni Infantino in his bid to become the next FIFA president.

Federation president Noel Le Graet said 11 of the 12 members of its executive committee have agreed to support the UEFA general secretary in the Feb. 26 election.

"Gianni has all the qualities required to succeed," including "experience, talent, strength at work, and beliefs," Le Graet said in a statement on Friday.

Infantino has been pledged...

 By Mark Rodden

France should win Euro 2016 - Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann

ESPN FC's Craig Burley doesn't believe Antoine Griezmann will move from Atletico Madrid to Man United.

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann says it would be "a failure" if France do not win Euro 2016.

Griezmann, 24, is set to be a key player for the hosts this summer after hitting 19 goals at club level so far this season.

He told L'Equipe he sees Belgium as one of the favourites for the tournament but that France should be targeting victory too.

"They're full of confidence," he said of Belgium. "They have a nice squad. But above all there's us. You're playing at home, you have a great team ......

 By Chris Wright

Zlatan Ibrahimovic selfie with France's 'other beast' Sebastien Chabal

Turns out the seismic tremor felt across France on Monday wasn't the work of tectonic activity as first assumed, but instead caused by two of the nation's most almighty natural forces colliding long enough to take a selfie with one another.

The planet almost span off its axis as Zlatan Ibrahimovic met up with famously hirsute French rugby legend Sebastien Chabal for the first time and even posed for a photo with "The Caveman."