On the day N’Golo Kanté was named Leicester City’s Player of the Season, the combative midfielder has also been rewarded for a magnificent title-winning campaign in England with a place in France’s squad for Euro 2016.
Joining Kanté in Didier Deschamp’s squad are nine other Premier League players, including West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
Despite a resurgent season with Nice in Ligue 1, Hatem Ben Arfa misses out, along with Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho, who is currently serving a FIFA ban for the use of a ‘fat burner’ drug.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who is currently under investigation for allegedly blackmailing France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex-tape, was already made aware of his exclusion from the Euro squad while Valbuena himself, after a disappointing campaign with Lyon, also misses out.
Here’s the squad in full, and what a strong-looking 23 it is…
Surely Les Bleus have a very very strong chance of lifting the title in the summer?