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France haven't looked this bad since before they won World Cup. There's work to do before Euro 2020

Didier Deschamps endured a miserable break in which set pieces again hurt the World Cup champions and they looked worryingly lacking in depth.

Didier Deschamps turns 51 on Tuesday and, obviously, this is not the birthday he wished for. It's been a tough 10 days for the France head coach. First and foremost, his team didn't secure qualification for the 2020 European Championships. A win against Turkey at home on Monday would have been enough, but they didn't take their chances, conceded a late goal on a set piece -- their consistent weakness -- and the doubts about their strength in depth are creeping back in.

On top of that, add a...

Olivier Giroud must seize his chance with France given his limited minutes at Chelsea

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When Olivier Giroud arrived on Monday to the France national team's headquarters at Clairefontaine, an hour south of Paris, it wouldn't be surprising if he took a deep breath of fresh air.

He was back in familiar territory, a place he knows so well and feels at home.

He was also welcoming a break from his daily routine at Chelsea, which has been rough so far this season. Last weekend, he was not in the Blues' matchday squad in their win at Southampton. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard only wanted...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe ruled out of France's Euro qualifiers

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno explains why Kylian Mbappe's presence at PSG makes Neymar an expendable asset.

France striker Kylian Mbappe has been ruled out of Les Bleus' 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey through injury, the French football federation said on Tuesday.

Paris Saint-Germain's Mbappe, who was originally named to the squad despite a recurring thigh problem, has been replaced in the squad by Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea.

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The Ligue 1 leaders had urged France boss...