# France

This week
19th March 2023 - 22nd March 2023
# Opinion
Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Latvia?
Stephen Kenny has some tough calls to make amid a crucial international window.
# misfortune
Ireland's rivals France and Netherlands suffer blows ahead of clash
Frenkie de Jong and Steven Bergwijn are among the players ruled out, while Mike Maignan has been confirmed as Les Bleus’ new number one
Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# opportunity knocks
5 uncapped players who could feature in Ireland squad to face France
Stephen Kenny will confirm the players he has chosen for the vital qualifier tomorrow.
This month
March 2023
# Unhappy
Benzema disputes 'liar' Deschamps over World Cup claim
The Real Madrid forward pulled out of the France squad with an injured left thigh on the eve of the tournament.
Last month
February 2023
# Unimpressed
Italy match leaves 'bitter taste', says France coach
Fabien Galthie expressed frustration after seeing his side let their tight grip loosen as the game wore on.
# Wave Goodbye
France and Man United star Varane announces international retirement at 29
The player is now set to miss Didier Deschamps’ side’s trip to the Aviva Stadium in March.
Last year
# Controversy
'Hateful' racist abuse of France's World Cup runners-up slammed
Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni, who missed their penalties in the shootout, were targeted.
# doubt
Deschamps' France future uncertain ahead of Ireland clash in March
Les Bleus face Stephen Kenny’s side in the next international window.
# talking point
The bittersweet feeling of watching Lionel Messi
The 35-year-old fulfilled a lifelong ambition by winning the World Cup on Sunday, but some will have felt conflicted when observing the star in action.
# Disappointment
France coach Deschamps rues 'cruel' World Cup final defeat
Kylian Mbappe scored twice in two minutes late on in Doha as France almost earned an improbable win.
Argentina v France, World Cup final
Argentina faced France, as Lionel Messi aimed to end his international career on a high.
# Les Bleus
Deschamps rules out shock return for Benzema as France battle mystery virus
The Real Madrid striker pulled out injured just before the start of the World Cup.
# Opinion
Ranking the 10 best matches of the 2022 World Cup
Argentina-Netherlands and other memorable encounters.
# talking point
Why England's latest World Cup exit feels at once familiar and unprecedented
Harry Kane’s penalty miss summed up a night in which France enjoyed the better fortune.
# Regret
Penalty miss will 'haunt' Harry Kane for the rest of his life
Gareth Southgate’s side exited the tournament after the Tottenham forward blazed over his second spot-kick late on.
# Contenders
Ranking the 4 remaining teams at the World Cup
France are most people’s favourites following their win over England.
# Woe
Harry Kane will bounce back 'stronger' from penalty miss
Jordan Henderson praised the England star after his costly error.
England v France, World Cup quarter-final
England faced France as Gareth Southgate’s side looked to reach the semi-finals for the second consecutive time at the tournament.
# New Era
England's 'superiority complex' held them back for decades, so what has changed?
Paul Hayward discusses his new book and how a sense of entitlement has hampered the English game for years.
# talking point
The big decision facing Gareth Southgate ahead of France showdown
England are aiming to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966.
# Opinion
Ranking the 8 remaining teams at the 2022 World Cup
Brazil and the other sides who are in contention to triumph.
# main man
Kylian Mbappe misses France training ahead of England clash
The Paris St German star has scored five times in Qatar.
# Crunch time
England braced for 'biggest test'
Gareth Southgate’s side recovered from a nervous start before powering to a 3-0 win against Senegal.
# Take a Bow
Olivier Giroud makes history as France progress to World Cup quarters
Didier Deschamps’ side were too good for Poland as the former Arsenal striker broke Thierry Henry’s record.
# Upset
Australia qualify for World Cup knockouts for second time, as Denmark suffer shock exit
Winger Mathew Leckie scored the winner on the hour with a smart run and finish.
# Review
Kenny's Ireland don't need to look far for inspiration after largely forgettable 12 months
It’s been a mixed year for the Irish team.
# choice
France captain Hugo Lloris will not wear anti-discrimination armband in Qatar
The Tottenham star had previously refused to say if he would participate in the initiative.
# Explainer
How Ireland could still qualify for the Euros even if they finish bottom of their group
Stephen Kenny’s side were handed a tough draw, with Netherlands and France the favourites to progress.
# Changes
Ex-France international Ribery set to retire at 39
The player’s agent Davide Lippi told AFP that the veteran will ‘very likely’ end his career.
# tempestuous
France underage international abandoned amid blizzard of red cards
Bernard Diomede’s side unraveled in the second half.
# Big Money
Barcelona agree to sign Chelsea target in reported €50 million deal
France intermnational Jules Kounde is set to leave Sevilla.
# Staying at Home
Chelsea duo miss US tour due to vaccination status
France star N’Golo Kante and England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek won’t be making the trip.
# Unhappy
Kylian Mbappe accuses French federation boss of ignoring racist abuse
The Paris Saint-Germain star’s decisive spot-kick against Switzerland was saved in a last-16 shootout, resulting in the world champions exiting Euro 2020.
# All Square
Late penalty sees Croatia hold France in Nations League
Croatia equalised seven minutes from time when Andrej Kramaric won and converted a penalty.
# Controversy
Real Madrid's Benzema drops 'sex tape' appeal
Lawyer Hugues Vigier told French sports daily L’Equipe he did so because he was ‘exhausted’ by the process.
# Upset
France suffer shock defeat to Denmark
Substitute Andreas Cornelius produced a starring role in the win.
# Punishment
Ex-France international footballer convicted of armed assault
Tony Vairelles has been sentenced to five years in prison, with two suspended.
# Happy Days
Olivier Giroud closes in on Thierry Henry's record as France win
Aurelien Tchouameni struck two minutes into added time in a come-from-behind victory against Ivory Coast.
All time
# instruction
Martial must tell Man United if he wants to leave - Rangnick
The 26-year-old France international has started only two Premier League games this season.
# Low
Most expensive player in Bundesliga history describes 'worst moment of career'
Lucas Hernandez revealed on Monday how his record-breaking move to Bayern Munich turned into a nightmare.