Frances second and third strength teams show scary quality for Euros opponents

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France unsurprisingly headed into Euro 2020 as heavy favourites following their World Cup win three years ago in Russia.

On top of the variety of stars that they possess in each position, Les Blues also boast a wealth of squad depth that could all start in their own right for other teams.

The French have an array of talent that they can utilise off the bench during the tournament, so much so that their ‘reserves’ could probably make it to the quarter-finals at a minimum.

Attackers such as Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) and Thomas Lemar (Athletico Madrid) can all be used as impact subs when Didier Deschamps' side need to find a goal.

Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso is unlucky to miss out to Adrien Rabiot right now, but could sit nicely with Spurs’ Moussa Sissoko in midfield for their second string side.

At the back, Leo Dubois (Lyon) is the second choice right back behind Benjamin Pavard as Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet and Champions League winner Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) provide valuable centre back cover.

Lucas Digne and Lucas Hernandez have rotated in both games at left-back so far, whilst veteran Steve Mandanda would take his place between the sticks if Hugo Lloris was to pick up an injury.

In terms of their Third XI, Ligue 1 winner Mike Maignan (Lille) has been taken to the Euros after impressing domestically in France and is a good back-up in goal.

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Bayern Munich-bound Dayot Upamecano, Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy and Monaco’s Djibril Sidibé could make up an impressive defence of players not even taken to the tournament, alongside the chosen fifth centre-back Jules Kounde (Sevilla).

Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele missed out to fellow Spurs teammate Sissoko for the 2020 squad and would form a good midfield partnership with Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir.

Meanwhile, Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) and Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach) were both included in Deschamps’ 26-man squad thanks to the additional positions allocated by UEFA.

They would form a pacey front-line with Man United’s Anthony Martial and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin, who were both left out due to poor form for their respective clubs this season.

Whichever team Deschamps' chooses to put out, the French no doubt can go all the way with their quality and squad depth, providing they get past Portugal tonight.

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