World Cup holders France are top favourites to win back-to-back international tournaments by going all the way at the Euros this summer, but star Paul Pogba has warned his team-mates against letting complacency creep in.
Already a side filled with world champions such as Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and N’Golo Kante, coach Didier Deschamps completed the surprise recall of Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema to bolster the team.
Nonetheless, the Manchester United midfielder has called for calm in his team as they look to make history.
Speaking to French outlet TF1, he said: “You can’t see yourself as being too beautiful. You shouldn’t see yourself as beautiful at all.
"I don’t want to get carried away too much because we’ve already been built up enough, I think. Of course it’s scary for other teams, but it can also be scary for us too.
"It can put pressure on us because of the team we have, that we feel that we’re guaranteed to win or even to always score three goals.
“People are going to expect all of this. But that’s not football. It’s the ego that kills you.
“In this squad, there is none. There is not one person above another."
France begin their Euros campaign on June 15 with a clash against Germany in Munich.
After that, it’s a game against Hungary in Budapest, before a match against Portugal in the same city to wrap up their group stage campaign.
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They will be hoping to repeat history by winning this tournament.
In 1998, they won their first World Cup and followed that up with success at the Euros two years later as David Trezeguet scored the golden goal in the final against Italy.
Didier Deschamps was captain then, and he’ll be hoping to become the first coach to ever win the World Cup and Euros back-to-back as both a player and coach.
Former Arsenal manager, meanwhile, has faith that his nation can go all the way.
"They are not the favourites, they are the super favourite," he said.
"Favourite is not big enough, because when you win the World Cup and then you have in your team, Kante, Pogba, Benzema, Griezmann, Coman, Giroud, I forget half of them.
"You will have on the bench 11 players who would play basically in any other national team.
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"So you cannot refuse the fact that you are world champion and it's a team which has not peaked.
"It's a team that's still going up, because they're all young these guys. Apart from two or three, the core of the team is very young."
France beat Wales in a warm-up friendly 3-0 on Wednesday and play Bulgaria on 8 June before the tournament kicks-off.
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