Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann all in training as France prepare for three friendlies ahead of the World Cup
- France will play three friendlies ahead of the World Cup in Russia next month
- France will take on Ireland, Italy and USA in friendlies over the next two weeks
- Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe all trained on Thursday
- Didier Deschamps’ side are one of the favourites to win the World Cup
Didier Deschamps allowed his France players to start preparing for the World Cup in a rather relaxed manner on Thursday.
Deschamps’ side take on Ireland, Italy and USA over the next two weeks in France.
Kylian Mbappe trained with his France team-mates at Clairefontaine on Thursday afternoon
Mbappe and Paul Pogba look to be enjoying themselves during the training session
Antoine Griezmann appeared in a relaxed mood despite speculation over his future at Atletico
Griezmann has been strongly linked with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona
The 49-year-old has maxed out the schedule for the players so that come the big kick-off in Russia they are all focused.
France have been drawn against Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.
June 16 is a key date for Deschamps and his players, particularly Griezmann.
France play Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan that day and Deschamps says Griezmann will decide his Atletico Madrid future before the game.
Presnel Kimpembe (left) and Benjamin Pavard during a five-a-side match in training
Griezmann is under pressure to perform at the highest level at the World Cup in Russia
Olivier Giroud has had a positive end to the season after winning the FA Cup with Chelsea
The forward has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the last few weeks.
‘Griezmann’s not annoyed [by all the speculation],’ Deschamps said.
‘He said that he would sort the situation out before the World Cup and that’s what he will do.’
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi is expected to feature in all three of the friendlies for France
France head coach Didier Deschamps has packed his players’ schedules ahead of next month
Mbappe gave France fans a glimpse of the personalised boots he’ll wear at the World Cup
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.