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Lineker's Verdict

France Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

France star player, David Trezeguet
World Cup record:
 1930   First round
 1934   First round
 1938   Second round
 1954   First round
 1958   Third place
 1966   First round
 1978   First round
 1982   Fourth place
 1986   Third place
 1998   Winners
 2002   First round

Did you know?
France made the worst defence of the World Cup by any reigning champions in the history of the tournament.

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Star player:

Roger Lemerre
David Trezeguet
OK then… who predicted France would finish bottom of Group A without scoring a goal?

Not me, that’s for sure. Like most people, I had France down as one of the tournament favourites but how the mighty have fallen.

Sure, they had injuries – most notably to Zinedine Zidane, who missed the first two matches with a thigh strain – but France should have had enough class to cope with his absence.

If losing to Senegal in the opener was a blow, things did not get any better with Thierry Henry’s red card in the next match against Uruguay.

Even then I still fancied them to recover against Denmark, but it was not to be. Clearly the Gods weren't smiling on them, particularly David Trezeguet who hit the woodwork twice.

It seems time has caught up with the French. Too many of Roger Lemerre’s team were the wrong side of 30 and it will be interesting to see which players France use to try and defend the European Championship in 2004.

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2002 World Cup results

Group A: v Senegal 0-1; v Uruguay 0-0; v Denmark 0-2.



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