France's journey to the 2018 World Cup final started a long time ago. Back in 2013 the French under 20's won the World Cup and stars were born. Paul Pogba won the golden ball that year, other players from that squad have gone on to represent France but Pogba was the standout. With a number of young talents coming through together France had to blend experience with youth as Didier Deschamps began to build this squad.
Hosting the 2016 European Championships put a lot of pressure on this French side to win the competition. Most of the players still relatively young but they had a very strong squad, expectations were very high. France looked good throughout the tournament and made it all the way to the final. They were favourites for the trophy but were upset by Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. The 2018 World Cup squad hasn't changed too much to the one that played in the Euro's. Despite still being relatively young this squad has plenty of tournament experience. Thy've shown this throughout in Russia. They now know how to win games and have shown great maturity at times.