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Les Bleus legend and former captain thinks that Didier Deschamps side can cause a shock by lifting the trophy in Brazil next year

Zinedine Zidane believes France are amongst the favourites to win the World Cup in Brazil.

Les Bleus booked their place at the finals via a play-off after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain, but Zidane insists Didier Deschamps' side have the ability mount a challenge at next year's tournament.

”They have a good chance. The players are already gearing up for it,” he told Fifa.com.

“They have what it takes: France have the players to make an impact.”

The former midfielder knows what is required to win claim the game's biggest prize, having scored twice in in the 1998 World Cup final as France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris.

However, he has warned his compatriots that they must rise to the challenge.

“Like I have said before, [France] will have to be ready when the moment of truth arrives," he continued.

“We can speculate about how good they are now, but it's in six months' time that they will need to be firing on all cylinders and prepared to do something big.”

France have been drawn in Group E alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in what was viewed as a very favourable draw for Les Bleus but Zidane has warned Deschamps' men against complacency.

“There used to be a big gulf between the big guns and the rest, but that gap has really narrowed.”

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