France manager Didier Deschamps will announce on the 1st June, his squad that will face Sweden in the World Cup qualifiers. France is currently top of their qualifying group with 13 points in front of Sweden who have 10 points.
Deschamps said that this is an important game for the team and that he wants his players to be ready. Indeed this is a great opportunity for France to qualify for the World Cup and they would not want to let themselves affected by the pressure.
Didier Deschamps has stated previously that France should aim for the trophy in Russia and that he believes that they have the players and the experience to win the title. Deschamps was part of the team that won the trophy in 1998 for France in the world cup that was hosted on home soil. Whilst they are fifth favourites on williamhill.com, France performed admirably at the Euros, and have a young, hungry and talented squad at its disposal.
The manager said that the players need to think like champions and believe that they can beat any team in the world. He said that there is enough quality in the group to beat the best teams in the world and it is up to the players to believe in themselves.
Deschamps said that the French team is made up of players that play in the biggest clubs in Europe and that they are used to participating in the Champions League. He believes that they have the necessary experience to handle these high-profile games and win them.
Deschamps said that the preparation of the French team would continue with friendly matches scheduled against Paraguay on the 2nd of June and England on the 13th of June. He said that this would be a good opportunity for the team to face a different kind of oppositions and allow him to see how his players cope with different playing style.