Kicking off a whirlwind 12 days of team previews, we start with hosts France.
There has been a clear shake-up in the French squad since Corinne Diacre took charge in 2017, following Olivier Echouafni’s dismissal.
The former Clermont Foot manager has not been afraid to look beyond Lyon and Paris for call-ups.
Initially catching the headlines for her unorthodox set piece routines, Diacre took some time to settle into the role as the team looked to rebuild after a disappointing 2017 European Championship.
The results began to come for Les Bleues but, like all host nations, France have the stumbling block of having gone two years without a competitive fixture, which could yet prove to be a problem next month.
The pressure ramped up, not just by hosting but since the men won their World Cup last summer, the French have begun to demand nothing less than the senior double.
Without much luck at major tournaments, despite frequently playing well, the neutrals are fully behind France, hoping they can finally put an end to their disappointing run of tournaments – with no better time to do it than when hosting.
Goalkeepers: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon), Solène Durand (Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal).
Defenders: Julie Debever (Guingamp), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier), Amel Majri (Lyon), Griedge Mbock Bathy (Lyon), Ève Périsset (Paris Saint-Germain), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marion Torrent (Montpellier), Aïssatou Tounkara (Atlético Madrid).
Attackers: Viviane Asseyi (Bordeaux), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain), Valérie Gauvin (Montpellier), Emelyne Laurent (Lyon), Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon).
Midfielders: Charlotte Bilbault (Paris FC), Élise Bussaglia (Dijon), Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain), Maéva Clemaron (Fleury), Amandine Henry (Lyon), Gaëtane Thiney (Paris FC).
The pressure may get to the hosts this summer and, although they might start out strong – and look set to top Group A – it’s unfortunately more likely than not, the France we all know will make an appearance. A kind draw will help them go far but a quarter-final exit is on the cards.
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