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Ancelotti backs 'complete' France for Euro 2016 glory

2:45 AM MYT 12/10/2015
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European Championship hosts France should be considered tournament favourites, according to the experienced Italian manager, who praised three of his former players

Carlo Ancelotti has lauded France as a "complete" team and backed Didier Deschamps' men for Euro 2016 glory ahead of Spain and world champions Germany.

The Italian, who coached for a year-and-a-half in France with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2013, is adamant that the current crop of players available to Deschamps leaves few weaknesses.

And although Ancelotti acknowledged that the likes of Spain and Germany will likely provide stern tests, he believes having home advantage could swing things in France's favour. 

"I think that the France can win the Euros," he told Telefoot. "There's plenty of competition, Germany and Spain, for example. 

Ancelotti was particularly glowing of three players he has worked with before, highlighting the importance of his former PSG and Real Madrid squad members.

"[But] it [France] has a really complete team with very good players such as Blaise [Matuidi], Karim [Benzema] and Raphael [Varane] and they will play at home, which is very important."