Thursday, 15th May, 2014

Mamadou Sakho believes that France have the quality required in the squad to go all the way in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Sakho has been named in France’s 23-man squad for the World Cup and he will play a crucial role in the French defensive unit.

France were knocked out in the group stages of the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010, but Sakho has refused to dwell on past failures and said that he cannot talk about the failings of that team as he was not part of that squad.

"I can't talk about South Africa and I prefer not to talk about it as I wasn't there. I was on holiday at the time and have no idea what happened”, the 24-year-old was quoted as saying by the BBC.


Sakho admits that he is looking forward to this year’s edition in Brazil and believes that Les Bleus have enough quality to do well this summer.

"In terms of looking forward, what I can say of France's chances at the World Cup is that we have a squad of quality players.”

The Liverpool central defender said that the squad of players are adept in handling pressure week-in-week-out for some of the top European clubs and he sees no reason why they can’t produce it on the grandest stage of them all.

"Look at the type of clubs these players play for, they are top clubs in Europe: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, Juventus, Arsenal."

Sakho made his international debut in November 2010 in France’s 2-1 win over England at Wembley Stadium. He already earned 16 caps for Les Bleus on the international stage.

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