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Griezmann can scarcely believe his World Cup luck
France forward Antoine Griezmann can scarcely believe he's playing at the World Cup
By JEROME PUGMIRE
Associated Press
2014-06-17 11:01 PM

RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) -- Antoine Griezmann can scarcely believe he's playing at the World Cup.

With Franck Ribery out injured, Griezmann has been thrust into France's attack and into the spotlight. Despite playing only a few international games, he looks settled and was impressive at times in Sunday's 3-0 win over Honduras in Group E.

His versatility allows him to make the most of the "total freedom" which coach Didier Deschamps gives his mobile forwards.

The 23-year-old Griezmann's national team prospects appeared dim when he was banned by the French Football Federation for one year over a disciplinary issue.

When asked how he would have reacted a year ago to be told he'd be playing on football's biggest stage, he says: "I would probably have said 'Are you having a laugh?'"

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