France are one of those teams that simultaneously holds two different appearances, which make them a delight to analyse. On one hand, you’ve got France, former World Cup and Euro champions, home to some of the most exciting players in Europe. On the other hand, you have France, underachievers, a status obtained not because of a lack of quality, but rather a lack of desire, respect, or even interest.
The French team is a young, exciting one, and should be judged as such; players in their team that play for the bigger clubs in Europe are outnumbered by players making their name at somewhat lesser clubs. And even then, you can feel the focus of the team slowly move away from those players, towards a regenerated team of technically excellent players, leaving the players that carried France from their glory days of 1998-2000 to this tournament condemned to a legacy of underachievement and comparative mediocrity.
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