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Euro 2016 profile: France can clinch home glory

France will seek home supremacy in this summer's showcase football event.


We cast an eye over tournament hosts France and their Euro 2016 aspirations in the betting build-up to the finals.

We’re profiling all 24 teams at the Euro 2016 finals in France, so punters are in the know when it comes to the sides on show this summer.

Next up are host nation France, a team who have looked impressive in their warm-up friendly clashes ahead of the tournament this summer, when Les Bleus will look to secure home supremacy.

The talented French ranks are a top market price of 7/2 with bet365 to lift the European Championship on their own patch, with Didier Deschamps’ side having been drawn in an easy on paper Group A alongside Albania, Romania and Switzerland.

History at the Euros: France have lifted the European crown on two occasions in their history, claiming their maiden success back in 1984 with Michel Platini ending the event as top scorer.

Later in 2000, Les Bleus reigned supreme again, toppling Italy in the final in Belgium and the Netherlands thanks to a famous Golden Goal from David Trezeguet, while Zinedine Zidane was voted best player.

Head coach: Deschamps gained over 100 caps as a player for his country, and featured for top European clubs such as Marseille, Chelsea, Juventus and Valencia, before retiring form the latter and going on to manage Monaco in the same year in 2001.

The 47-year-old was the skipper of that Euro 2000 winning side and also captained his nation to the 1998 World Cup coup. As a coach he has guided Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final and helped Marseille win the Ligue 1 title in 2010.

Key player: Since departing Old Trafford, Paul Pogba has blossomed into arguably the best midfielder in European football, and he is potentially set for a massive Euro 2016 campaign.

The Juventus midfield maestro has the ability to simply guide France all the way on home soil and could enjoy a tournament which sees him capture further attention from the likes of Real Madrid at club level.

Rising star: Deschamps possesses a remarkable squad full of talent, and plenty of young starlets ready to showcase their strengths on the grandest European stage.

This includes Manchester United sensation Anthony Martial, who has been a gem since surprisingly arriving at Old Trafford last summer. A year on from his big-money move, the teenager is ready to star for his nation.

Wildcard: Blaise Matuidi has been an integral part of PSG’s historic Ligue 1 success this season and will be key for France in their midfield alongside Pogba this summer.

The dynamic midfield engine will have a starring role to play if his nation are to go all the way, especially against top countries in the latter stages after a seemingly promising Group A, which Les Bleus are odds-on at 2/5 with Sky Bet to win.

Confirmed France Euro 2016 fixtures

All kick-offs are British Summer Time (BST)

Friday, June 10: France v Romania (20:00); Stade de France, Paris, ITV

Wednesday, June 15: France v Albania (20:00); Stade Velodrome, Marseille, ITV

Sunday, June 19: Switzerland v France (20:00); Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, BBC

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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