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Benjamin Pavard: France and Front Row

benjamin pavard: France's Antoine Griezmann, front row from left, Blaise Matuidi, Benjamin Pavard, N'Golo Kante Kylian Mbappe and, back from from left, Paul Pogba, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez, Raphael Varane, Olivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris pose for a team photo prior to their World Cup semifinal game against Belgium on July 10, according to Toronto Star. France plays Croatia in the final on Sunday at 11 a.m. Because at a time of rising xenophobia and an anti-immigrant backlash on both sides of the Atlantic, France has made it to Sunday's World Cup final against Croatia with one of the most diverse and multi-ethnic rosters of any national team in any sport. EDT. FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT / AFP/GETTY IMAGES Sixteen of the 23 players on the team come from families that recently immigrated to France from places like Zaire, Martinique, Cameroon, Morocco, Angola, Congo or Algeria. Defender Samuel Umtiti, who scored the goal that sent France to the final, was born in Cameroon. Forward Antoine Griezmann, the team's leading scorer, is half-German and half-Portuguese. ( As reported in the news.