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France can win 2018 World Cup with this team, says Barcelona’s Lucas Digne


Les Bleus topped their qualifying group to secure a place in the tournament in Russia and the defender is sure his side can compete for the crown

France international Lucas Digne believes that Les Bleus have as good a shot as anyone of winning the World Cup next summer.

Didier Deschamps’ men booked their passage to Russia in 2018 with victories over Belarus and Bulgaria, with the Barcelona full-back playing an integral role in both those fixtures.

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Although France only managed to beat their opponents narrowly, they finished four points clear of Sweden and Netherlands atop UEFA Qualifying Group A and are considered one of the likeliest sides to win the competition.

While Digne believes his side are capable of claiming the prize, he would not necessarily put France down as the runaway favourites.  

“We can win the World Cup with this team,” Digne told Goal. “Of course, we have to think like that.

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“We have great ambitions and a huge potential in this squad, but there are other teams who can win it as well, so I don’t see ourselves as favourites.

“Of course we can improve as a team and hit our top level in Russia, but now we have qualified directly and that is a great feeling for us all – and for the whole country.

“We can allow ourselves to dream right now, but the most important thing is to work hard.”

Digne, 24, was a member of a defence in those two fixtures that comprised his team-mates from the Under-20 World Cup-winning squad, Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane, as well as Djibril Sidibe, who was the elder figure at just 25.

The young rearguard did not buckle under the pressure placed upon them, making it a week to remember for the former Lille and Paris Saint-Germain player.

“Going into the last two games, we knew we could decide everything ourselves by winning both,” he said. “We’re very satisfied that we managed to do just that.

“Personally, I’m happy that I could play the full match in…

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