Beaten finalists in Qatar, France are the early outright favourites to win the World Cup in 2026.
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Beaten on penalties by Argentina in the 2022 World Cup Final in Qatar, France are the initial favourites for the 23rd edition of the tournament in 2026 to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
By then, the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot winner Kylian Mbappe will be at the peak of his powers at the age of 27, with Les Bleus aided by a seemingly endless conveyor belt of elite young talent in recent times.
The competition's most successful nation, with a record five titles, Brazil will have gone 24 years without a World Cup crown by the time the 2026 tournament comes along.
The South Americans always go into the World Cup as one of the favourites, however, with the hopes of Brazil likely to fall on the shoulders of the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodyrgo and Endrick in 2026 with Neymar's involvement uncertain at this stage.
England will be keen to improve on a quarter-final exit to France in Qatar in 2022 ahead of the next World Cup in North America in 2026.
The Three Lions are likely to boast a formidable side by then, with England's current squad boasting some of the most promising young players in Europe in the form of Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka who will all be in their pomp come 2026.
Only two teams have managed to retain their World Cup title - Italy in 1938 and Brazil in 1962 - and Argentina will be striving to do just this in the 2026 tournament.
It is most likely they will be without their World Cup-winning captain and talisman from Qatar 2022, though, with Lionel Messi set to be 38 by the time the North America finals get underway.
2010 winners Spain will have been disappointed by their Round of 16 exit to Morocco in Qatar, and will be eager for an improved performance at the World Cup in 2026.
They should have an exciting team too, with the youthful Pedri and Gavi already regarded as two of the finest midfielders in Europe aged 20 and 18 respectively.
After two consecutive group stage exits at the World Cup, four-time winners Germany's footballing reputation will be firmly on the line ahead of the 2026 finals.
There is cause for optimism in the German ranks, though, with the outstanding 19-year-old Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala likely to be a leading figure in the national side by the time 2026 comes around.
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