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'France can win the World Cup' - ex-Man Utd striker Saha backing Les Bleus

11:21 GMT+3 15/06/2018
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The attacking talent at their disposal has seen Didier Deschamps' side tipped to be major contenders at Russia 2018 due to their style of play

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes France have the required ability to win the World Cup, due mainly to their brilliant attacking players.

Les Bleus face Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C, and boast such attackers as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona's brilliant youngster Ousmane Dembele.

Saha won 20 caps for France during his career, and believes that Didier Deschamps' men are one of the favourites to win the competition because of their embarrassment of riches in the final third of the pitch.

"France have very good players in every position. So why not? They could win the World Cup," Saha told Goal.

"I think the most important thing is that, when you look at all the 32 teams, they have players who can disrupt and it is very attacking minded. There is no team like Italy from back in the day."

France also have a deep pool of defenders, including Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti.

However, Saha insists that football has changed since he was playing, and believes that attack-based teams are more likely to succeed in Russia.

"You can’t defend like you used to before," he added. "Defending is not an option, you have to get possession and be technically gifted enough to get chances.

"It is not about crossing anymore, so it is going to be a very entertaining World Cup with a lot of goals, I think. A modern team with an exciting style of play will win it and France have all that."

France kick off their tournament on Saturday against Australia before facing Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the competition on Thursday.