France Team Profile
The French national team is loaded with talent that is proven at the highest levels of international play after winning the World Cup in their last major tournament appearance. France is undefeated in its last 18 appearances including Euro qualifiers, World Cup qualifiers, international friendlies, and the Nations League. In their last appearance, an international friendly against Bulgaria, France earned a 3-0 win on the back of a stunning overhead kick from 15 yards out by Antoine Griezmann followed by two goals from Olivier Giroud late. The midfield pairing of N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba is arguably the best in the entire treatment, and France is loaded with talent up top with Griezmann and Giroud joined by Karim Benzema, Ousmane Dembele, and the young phenom and top-five player in the world Kylian Mbappe. France also boasts one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Hugo Lloris. Presnel Kimpembe and Raphaël Varane are also arguably the best cornerback pairing in this tournament. This team is deep and proven in top competition – it’s no wonder they are one of the favorites.
England Team Profile
The English team is typically representative of some of the best players in the English Premier League, and this year is no different. Striker Harry Kane is coming off a season in which he led the EPL in both goals (23) and assists (14) but somehow didn’t win the PFA Player of the Year award. Individual accolades aside, there’s no doubt Kane is among the best strikers in the world. He’s supported by a deep group of wingers and midfielders including Mason Mount and Phil Foden, two of the best young midfielders in the Premier League. Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, and Boukayo Saka also represent some of the best talents in the EPL, while Jadon Sancho could be headed to that league with a potential transfer to Manchester United. Luke Shaw is coming off a career season at left back while Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Stones, Harry Maguire, and Connor Coady offer plenty of defensive versatility. England hasn’t had the same stellar results as France in international play as of late, but it has won six straight games in the Nations League, World Cup qualifiers, and international friendlies.