France are only getting better, with Matuidi and Giroud still crucial


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Didier Deschamps’ trust in Olivier Giroud was rewarded with goals that made him France’s third all-time leading scorer

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

As if the internet-breaking Paul Pogba-Antoine Griezmann combination was not enough proof that France remain – the autumn wobbles aside – the prohibitive best side in the world, the win against Iceland on Monday will have offered naysayers little respite. “The party continues,” read L’Équipe’s headline, and on the evidence of this result, and the defeat of Moldova on Friday, that is not an unfair assessment.

But are France really on the same level as the side which won the World Cup? Clearly the calibre of their opposition in these two matches is a mitigating factor, but there is now a growing sentiment that Didier Deschamps’s decision to stick (largely) with the side that won in Russia is not down to but results.

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