When Didier Deschamps announced the 30 names in his preliminary World Cup squad, he was quick to point out that this may not be the best group of individually talented players, but it was the best squad that he could have picked, as reported by Jack Pitt-Brooks in the Independent.
This was crucial in describing the importance of his decision. Players were not just picked on ability on the field, they were also picked because of their personality, their behavior and their experience on and off the pitch.
That is very important when ranking the 23-man France squad in order of importance—it is not just what they can do with the ball at their feet, but how they behave within the group and how they react around the squad.
Here is the 23-man France squad ranked in order of importance to Didier Deschamps this summer.