Following France’s FIFA World Cup quarter-final exit to Germany, coach Didier Deschamps will now be turning his attention toward the 2016 UEFA European Championship on home soil. Although the 45-year-old’s 23-man squad for Les Bleus’ Brazilian sojourn was relatively young, there were still a number of ageing and ultimately expendable players included.
Overall, few players—if any—are truly worthy of being axed from the squad because of under-performing in South America. Instead, the key problem is age, but a lack of collective experience creates an interesting dilemma for Deschamps ahead of Euro 2016.
The former World Cup and European Championship-winning captain needs to build on an encouraging performance at this summer’s tournament. However, in order to bring in the multiple young talents breaking through at present, he needs to dispose of some of the older members of the group.
It is those older members of the squad that boast the precious little experience this group carries collectively at present, meaning that Deschamps could end up with a young and talented—albeit vastly inexperienced—host squad in 2016.
Here are five players the France coach should consider wielding the axe to.