France's depleted defence will make or break Les Bleus' Euro title bid
As tournament favourites, France stand a good chance of winning the European Championship for the third time in their history.
Didier Deschamps' side go into the tournament in fine form -- they have an 90 percent win rate in 2015-16 (9-1) -- and boast some of the continent's finest attacking talent.
Antoine Griezmann was a key performer as Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League final (he also scored a goal every 139 minutes in La Liga) while West Ham United's Dimitri Payet was shortlisted for the Premier League Player of the Year award thanks to the finest season of his career.
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (age 20) scored 17 times in his debut season in England and Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman (age 19) completed more dribbles (45) than anyone else in the Bundesliga.
Throw in Juventus' Paul Pogba -- arguably the world's most complete midfielder -- and it adds up to a remarkable array of talent.
At the other end of the pitch, however, things appear less rosy. Deschamps has had a welter of problems casting a shadow over their chances as the defensive part of the team has suffered a series of setbacks.