Bacary Sagna believes that France are looking “really strong” heading into the World Cup and feels that the disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final can make them even more determined to win at Russia
The former Arsenal and Manchester City full-back represented France at international himself and participated in three of their last four major tournaments.
However, Sagna was not included for the World Cup squad this time around.
But the 35-year-old is still feeling optimistic about France and is hopeful that with all the “amazing players” at the squad that they can win their first world title since 1998.
“The France national team is really strong,” he told ESPN.
“Every single position is really strong. We have amazing players going to the World Cup and I think they’re going to do well, not only because they are talented but because they are really young.
“There’s a good vibe in the team and in the most recent competitions, in the World Cup in 2014 and in Euro 2016 we did well. I’m looking forward to seeing the team reach the final and winning.”
Losing to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final at home soil, could further fuel France’s determination this summer.
“I remember the first words [in the dressing room] after losing the final were thinking about the World Cup,” he said.
“It was disappointing to lose the final the way we did in France, and I think the team wants to live these kinds of moments again because it’s just magical, crazy when you see the impact it had on the country itself. They have quality and they’re going to go step by step.”
After being released by City last summer, Sagna now plays for Benevento Calcio in Serie A.