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GROUP E

ECUADOR

Star man: Antonio Valencia (Man Utd)

One to watch: Felipe Caicedo (Al Jazira)

Coach: Reinaldo Rueda (above)

Qualified: Fourth, South America

Best World Cup: Round of 16 (2006)

Predicted group finish: 3

With a wide open group, Reinaldo Rueda’s men seem to have a real chance of progressing to the knockout stages. Seven qualifying home wins and a draw with Argentina in Quito mean confidence should be high.


FRANCE

Star man: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

One to watch: Paul Pogba (Juventus)

Coach: Didier Deschamps (above)

Qualified: Europe play-off winners

Best World Cup: Winners 1998

Predicted group finish: 1

A 2013 Under–20 World Cup win in Turkey suggests a very bright future lies ahead for France, though most of that class will need to wait a further four years to test themselves on the world stage. Les Bleus should have few problems getting out of the group.