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Factbox: France at the European Championship

(Reuters) - The following is a factbox on France, who are in Group F at this year’s European Championship, which kicks off on June 11.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - France Training - Clairefontaine, Clairefontaine-En-Yvelines, France - May 28, 2021 France coach Didier Deschamps during training REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

FRANCE

FIFA ranking: 2

Coach: Didier Deschamps

As a player, Deschamps captained France to victories at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

After taking charge of Les Blues in 2012, he led them to World Cup glory in 2018 and could secure a second international double of his career at the Euros.

Captain: Hugo Lloris

Lloris is an excellent shot-stopper but is nonetheless prone to high-profile errors. At 34, with 123 caps to his name, he is still France’s undisputed number one.

Top player: Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe lit up the World Cup as a teenager during France’s triumphant campaign in 2018. With his ruthless goalscoring instinct, combined with skill and speed, he will be looking to dominate the Euros this summer in a similar fashion.

Tournament history

France have participated in nine European Championships and won two titles -- in 1984 on home soil and in 2000, two years after their World Cup victory.

Les Bleus finished runners-up in 2016 on home soil, losing 1-0 to Portugal after extra time.

Recent form

2021 Bosnia 0-1 France World Cup qualifying

2021 Kazakhstan 0-2 France World Cup qualifying

2021 France 1-1 Ukraine World Cup qualifying

2020 France 4-2 Sweden UEFA Nations League

2020 Portugal 0-1 France UEFA Nations League

Tournament fixtures

June 15: v Germany, Munich

June 19: v Hungary, Budapest

June 23: v Portugal, Budapest

William Hill odds to win: 9-2

Compiled by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad; Editing by Toby Davis

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