With no Franck Ribery in Brazil this summer, France have been deprived of the talents of one of their greatest-ever wide men. Despite being one the most gifted players to have ever represented Les Bleus, the Bayern Munich man has never been the same player that we see at club level on the international stage.
Although he is perhaps the most talented to ever play for France in a wide attacking role, the 31-year-old is not necessarily the greatest to have played for Les Tricolores.
Mathieu Valbuena and Antoine Griezmann are the current incumbents of the two wide roles in an attacking front three at this summer’s FIFA World Cup. Could they possibly write themselves into French footballing folklore as two of the best to represent their country in this role?
Here are five players they will be up against.