France great Patrick Vieira backed Didier Deschamps' men to reach the World Cup final in Russia.
New coach Patrick Vieira began work at Nice on Monday - but Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea were both missing from training.
After 11 years working alongside Pep Guardiola, Domenec Torrent has agreed to take charge at New York City.
Mario Balotelli has been linked with a return to Serie A, but Patrick Vieira expects him back at Nice next month.
Vieira will replace Lucien Favre at the Ligue 1 club.
Nice have announced the appointment of Patrick Vieira as the replacement for Lucien Favre.
Patrick Vieira's move to Nice from New York City was confirmed on Sunday.
Nice have been linked with appointing Patrick Vieira as a replacement for Lucien Favre, but the Frenchman has denied the reports.
Luis Enrique and Patrick Vieira would be good choices as the next Arsenal manager, according to former Gunners forward Jose Antonio Reyes.