Following on from France’s quarter-final FIFA World Cup exit, Les Bleus’ defeat at the hands of Germany now looks more respectable in light of the 7-1 thrashing that the Germans handed out to hosts Brazil in their semi-final clash. Didier Deschamps’ men were narrowly beaten 1-0 and much was made of the disappointing manner of the loss.
On reflection, though, that semi-final scoreline once again emphasises just how much progress the French have made since November last year when they overcame Ukraine in dramatic circumstances to qualify for the World Cup via the play-offs.
With the 2016 UEFA European Championship on home soil now firmly on Deschamps’ mind, the 45-year-old can start to experiment a little with his next few squads. There are already a number of talents knocking on his door, while a couple of positions in the team need greater depth.
Here are five players that France should call up in the wake of this summer’s World Cup exit.