Kante ruled out of France's final World Cup qualifier


Euro 2016 finalists France clinched their place in Russian Federation with a nervy 2-1 win over Belarus in Paris on Tuesday, leaving them four points clear at the top of Group A.

After a bright start underlined by goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, Les Bleus appeared to tire in the second half as the exertions of two matches in four days showed following a 1-0 win against Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday.

But Didier Deschamps's side closed out the vital win, and three points at home to Belarus on Tuesday would book their ticket to Russian Federation.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has said he is not anxious by the team's unconvincing World Cup qualifying campaign, saying they have "huge potential".

Of course, France has also dropped points to Belarus in qualifying, falling to a scoreless draw to Tuesday's opponents 13 months ago.

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"We weren't necessarily used to playing together. He holds the ball up well and has a strong presence in the box, is very good in the air and scores goals".

He said he fully recognised that France had made life hard for themselves during their qualifying campaign, with baffling results like a goalless home draw against Luxembourg. A repeat of that result would leave the door ajar for Sweden, provided the Swedes are able to win away to the Netherlands. I don't ask my team to go out there and wait and see what happens. "We're happy, although I know it's logical and normal given the quality of the players I have".

"You don't get global experience just like that".

FRANCE need a victory over Belarus to seal top spot in Group A.

In order to win the game, France will have to find a way past goalkeeper Sergueï Tchernik, who plays his club football at Nancy in Ligue 2.