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Will this finally be the year that France live up to their sky-high potential?
To date, les Bleues’ best runs at a major tournament have been to the semi-finals, falling at that hurdle at the 2011 World Cup, 2012 Olympics and last summer’s Euros.
Four summers ago, as hosts, France went into the World Cup hoping to rewrite history and inspire a nation, dreams that were not realised following a quarter-final exit at the hands of United States.
Then, at last year’s Euros, the last four proved to be their celling again, ousted by Germany at Stadium MK.
This was all achieved with Corinne Diacre in charge and she was unpopular to say the least, with numerous key players retiring from international retirement due to her draconian management style.
Earlier this year, the FFF finally reached breaking point with Dicare, who was finally sacked, with the unmistakable figure that is Hervé Renard taking over.
This is his first job in the women’s game but, over on the men’s side, he’s led both Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire to AFCON glory, before managing Morocco and Saudi Arabia at the last two World Cups.
Renard certainly knows what it takes to win major international tournaments, so could he be the man to land France’s first title?
Their opponents in this opener in Sydney are Jamaica, who are simply seeking to get some World Cup points on the board for the first time.
The Reggae Girlz made their debut at this competition four years ago, but lost all three games, conceding 12 goals and scoring just once in matches against Brazil, Italy and then Australia.
Since, Lorne Donaldson’s team have improved, finishing third at last summer’s CONCACAF W Championship, but a huge gulf still exists between them and the world’s best.
Jamaica will be targeting their second group fixture, against Panama in Perth on Saturday, as their best shot at a victory.
Here, the French supporters who make the pilgrimage to Sydney Football Stadium are likely to head home happy.
France team news
Strikers Delphine Cascarino and Marie-Antoinette Katoto are both out injured, while veteran midfielder Amandine Henry heartbreakingly sustained an injury in training earlier this month, all of whom are huge loses.
So, Eugénie Le Sommer will lead the line while midfielder Grace Geyoro, who scored a first half hat-trick against Italy at Euro 2022, might just be Les Bleues’ key player.
Captain Wendie Renard would certainly dispute that statement, set to win her 147th cap, desperate to add a World Cup to her eight Champions League winners’ medals.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Peyraud-Magnin; Périsset, Renard, Cascarino, Karchaoui; Toletti, Geyoro, Dali; Diani, Asseyi, Le Sommer.
Jamaica teams news
No disputing who Jamaica’s taliswoman is: Khadija Shaw has scored a ridiculous 56 goals in just 38 appearances for the Reggae Girlz.
Midfielder Havana Solaun is, to date, the only Jamaican women to score at a World Cup, and she’ll start again here.
English-born Spurs duo Rebecca Spencer and Drew Spence will also both be in the XI.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Spencer; C Swaby, A Swaby, Plummer, Wiltshire; Solaun, Spence, Carter, Primus, Brown; Shaw.