Team analysis



France Under-19 squad
1Quentin Beunardeau27/02/1994Goalkeeper90909012090 Le Mans UC 72 (FRA)
2Jordan Ikoko03/02/1994Defender90909012090 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
3Benjamin Mendy17/07/1994Defender9072* Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
4Antoine Conte29/01/1994Defender909072*120901 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
5Lucas Rougeaux10/03/1994Defender 18+ OGC Nice (FRA)
6Larry Azouni23/03/1994Midfield909012090 Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
7Kevin Rodrigues05/03/1994Midfield80*13+9057+34+ Toulouse FC (FRA)
8Adrien Hunou19/01/1994Defender90909090*76*2 Stade Rennais FC (FRA)
9Yassine Benzia08/09/1994Forward909033*120902 Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
10Lenny Nangis24/03/1994Forward9090 26+24+ SM Caen (FRA)
11Adrien Rabiot03/04/1995Midfield90909012090 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
12Steven Moreira13/08/1994Defender 18+9012090 Stade Rennais FC (FRA)
13Aymeric Laporte27/05/1994Defender90909012090 Athletic Club (ESP)
14Anthony Martial05/12/1995Forward66*77*20+94*56* AS Monaco FC (FRA)
15Jean-Philippe Gbamin25/09/1995Midfield10+ 30+14+ RC Lens (FRA)
16Mouez Hassen05/03/1995Goalkeeper OGC Nice (FRA)
17Corentin Jean15/07/1995Forward 70*63*66* ES Troyes AC (FRA)
18Opa Nguette08/07/1994Forward24+ 57+ OGC Nice (FRA)
19Louis Nganioni03/06/1995Defender Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Francis Smerecki
In reality we played two finals in Lithuania. The first was the semi-final against Spain and [the final] was the second. Maybe we lost the game because of what we put into beating the Spanish; it wasn't possible for us to reach that same level. Of course it has been a good tournament, but you always go home with bad memories when you don't win. There is no doubt that this experience will stand these players in good stead for the future. Now some will move up to the Under-21s, while the rest will work with their clubs. We have five players who were born in 1995 who can play in this tournament again next year, and use this experience next time around.

France team analysis

France team analysis

• Basic formation: 4-3-3

• Good links between the team lines

• Compact defence and good organisation for opposition set pieces

• Patient build-up from the back through midfield but rapid transition from defence to attack

• Assured combination play and good options for the player in possession, particularly Adrien Rabiot (No11), Adrien Hunou (No8) and Larry Azouni (No6)

• Game-opening diagonal balls from Aymeric Laporte (No13) and Rabiot and defence-splitting passes from Rabiot and Azouni

• Players with pace, especially Yassine Benzia (No9), Lenny Nangis (No10), Anthony Martial (No14) and Corentin Jean (No17)

• Influential individual player was Rabiot

• Good individual technique and strong dribbling skills

• Flexibility and movement, determination and tactical flexibility