France reaches 2018 World Cup final: Schedule, scores, how to watch Kylian Mbappe, TV and live stream, players to watch

The 2018 World Cup is underway. CBS Sports will have you covered for each game, all the important news and more, as well as profiles of all of the teams.

France is heading to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006, as it tries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 1998 win with another one. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba lead an immensely talented French team that will face off against Croatia with everything on the line.

France hasn't given up a goal in its last two matches, and has goal-scoring ability to boot. It's an incredibly well-rounded team, and anyone going against it will have its hands full.

Here's what you need to know about France at the World Cup.

Competition history

World Cup appearances: 15
Best finish: Champions (1998)
Last World Cup: Quarterfinals

Matches

Saturday, June 16: France 2, Australia 1   
Thursday, June 21: France 1, Peru 0
Tuesday, June 26: France 0, Denmark 0

Saturday, June 30: France 4, Argentina 3 in round of 16
Friday, July 6: France 2, Uruguay 0 in quarterfinals
Tuesday, July 10: France 1, Belgium 0 in semifinals
Sunday, July 15: vs. Croatia in final at 11 a.m. ET, stream on fuboTV (Try for free)  

Roster

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France is stacked, with its talented attack leading the way.  Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain).

Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Adil Rami (Marseille), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Ngolo Kante (Chelsea), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla).

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco).

Best Player

It's a tie between goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and in-form striker Antoine Griezmann. Lloris is one of the world's greatest goalkeepers, while Griezmann has been sensational this season and will be linked to some major clubs in the summer. Having a player like each on opposite ends of the field makes France a top contender. 

Player to watch

Kylian Mbappe. The 19-year-old PSG star is so fast, and his ability down the wing works well with mobile forwards like Griezmann, like with Neymar at PSG. He doesn't have a bunch of strength, but he makes up for it with his speed and smarts. He's already arrived on the world stage, but here's a chance to prove he can one day be the world's top player.

Outlook

France has a very workable group and is as strong as any team from top to bottom. But there are some major injury concerns. They lost Laurent Koscielny and could be losing Dimitri Payet. Others will have to step up, but when you can replace them with guys like Raphael Varane and Thomas Lemar, you are in a good spot. It's win or bust for Les Bleus this summer.

For a complete calendar of World Cup matches in Spanish, visit our sister site, CNET.com.

CBS Sports Writer

Roger Gonzalez is an award-winning writer based in Virginia that has covered pro soccer from Europe's top clubs to Argentina's first division. Roger started out his pro soccer writing career with Goal.com... Full Bio

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