France legend William Gallas fears Les Bleus are not at the same level as Spain, Germany and Brazil, and hence have no genuine chance of winning the World Cup.
Gallas was ever-present when France were losing finalists to Italy in 2006 via penalty shootouts, and he hopes his country’s young side go all the way in Russia.
But the former Chelsea and Arsenal defender reckons Didier Deschamps’ side lack genuine leaders.
And asked if £89million Man Utd’s Pogba could be the leader Gallas replied: “Everyone wants to see one leader, but no one wants to be the leader. Maybe it is because they are still young.
“To be a leader you have to think about your performance and the performance of your team-mates.
“You have to talk to them and it is not easy. I know that because I did not start to be a leader until I was 28-29.
“I didn’t have their quality when I was their age, but can you win the World Cup with only young players? I’m not sure.”
Speaking about players like Martial and Lacazette who didn’t make the squad, Gallas admitted he felt for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette after an impressive first season in England.
But he had no sympathy for Martial and explained: “I do not feel sorry (for Martial) because he had the opportunity.
“He was in the squad a few times, many times, and he missed his chance. Why? Maybe because he was not performing for all of the season.”
Gallas added; “As a French guy I wish they are going to win the World Cup, but I think it will be difficult because you have teams who are very strong – Spain, Germany, Brazil,” he said.
“We have some good young players. They are very young and very talented and they can make the difference, but the problem is that if we play against a strong team we will be in trouble.
“We have to have more players who are going to shout on the pitch when you do not play well and at the moment we do not have that type of player.”