Switzerland's European neighbours are already starting to back themselves for the World Cup next year. With the Swiss still a long way from qualifying, both France and Poland have claimed their in with a shout.

Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry believes that the French national team will be ready for the next world cup in Russia. He said that this is a strong squad and that they just need time to play together.

The former Gunners who now work as a pundit said that the team has been developing well during the recent months and he is sure that they will be a formidable challenger at the World Cup in Russia. The bookies agree, with the NetBet Sportsbook making them amongst the favourites after their impressive showing at Euro 2016.

Thierry Henry said that there is a good mixture of youth as well as experience in the team and this would be the main reason why the team might perform well. He said that young players have this energy and drive that can allow them to play beyond their limits and inspire the others.

The former Arsenal striker said that players such as Paul Pogba are experienced now and that this can be beneficial for the French international team in a tournament such as the World Cup. Henry believes that Deschamps will have a hard time choosing his best team given the wealth of talent that he will have at his disposal.

Henry believes that things could become better with this new season before the world cup. This will be a great opportunity for the young players to perform and fight for a place in the first team. He believes that these players should focus on their development and ensure that they get enough playing time with their local club. This is the best way to improve themselves and ensure they get the attention of the national coach.

Meanwhile, Poland international striker Robert Lewandowski also believes that his team has a great chance to perform in Russia and that they will be riding their luck there. He said that the team has been performing well in the qualifiers and that there is no reason why they cannot continue to do it at the finals.

To the contrary of what many people believe, Poland is not a team that only relies on Robert Lewandowski as they have plenty of other individuals that can create chances as well as score goals. The Bayern Munich striker believes that the level of polish football has risen during the recent years and that this is now being seen in the national team.

He said that the Poland football federation has been investing massively in young players and that this has helped improve the level of football. He believes that the team can perform at the next World Cup in Russia.

However, Robert Lewandowski conceded that it will not be easy as in the qualifiers and that they will have to raise their game if they want to make it out of the group stage. He said that all the teams that will be represented there will be strong and that they will have to fight for every ball if they want to get out of their group.

But Robert Lewandowski thinks that Poland has a good squad and that there is no reason why they cannot do it. He said that it is high time for Poland to achieve something on the world stage and he feels that the current team is quite good and that they should be able to make a great performance at the world cup. For him, it all depends on how much the players want it and how much they are willing to fight.

Hopefully Switzerland can qualify soon, so we can all start dreaming...! :)