Porto Alegre: France begin their World Cup campaign against Honduras here today looking to wipe away the memories of four years ago when an unruly squad returned home shamed after picking up just one point from three matches against Uruguay, Mexico and South Africa. AFP looks at why things should be different this time.

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema 

1. Young talent
Many believe this French squad will be even stronger come the European Championships in 2016, but the fresh faces like Real Madrid's Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba of Juventus and PSG's Blaise Matuidi have already shown they are capable of winning.

2. Deschamps' discipline
The 2010 debacle was overseen by the eccentric Ramond Domenech who had lost the players' confidence before arriving in South Africa. This time round the captain of the 1998 World Cup winning side Didier Deschamps is in charge and commands a respect from his charges.

3. No bad influences
Apart from full-back Patrice Evra, the players who threatened to strike after Nicholas Anelka was sent home in SA have been weeded out the squad. Even after a stunning season for Man City, Samir Nasri was dropped for perceived bad influence.

4. Open draw
Despite not being seeded, France ended up with a fine draw along side Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras. Moreover, should they top the group they ought to avoid Argentina and have a manageable last 16 tie with Nigeria, Bosnia or Iran.

5. Benzema's time
With the injured Franck Ribery out of the tournament, French hopes will fall on the shoulders of Karim Benzema. The 26-year-old has largely flattered to deceive in major tournaments, Benzema appears to now have the maturity to match his talent.