Every international break you see dozens of graphics of various quality highlighting France’s strength in depth.
The extensive list of high-class players available to Didier Deschamps is a luxury few other national teams enjoy currently.
Germany give Les Bleus a run for their money.
Joachim Low has the resources necessary to retain the World Cup this summer.
But the question is, which ‘B team’ would win if they were to play each other?
Forget the fact that Deschamps is seemingly in capable of organising his plethora of talented troops, we’re only comparing the quality of the players for the purposes of our sanity.
Laurent Koscielny (complete with his dodgy achilles) is still deemed a starter for France which means we get big Samuel Umtiti for the ‘reserves’.
Stuttgart right-back Benjamin Pavard is the only non-household name, assuming you’re aware of the delights of Steve Mandanda between the sticks.
Kingsley Coman, Thomas Lemar and Anthony Martial would waltz into most starting elevens but Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele provide the stiffest of competition.
It’s strong, very strong, but what about Germany…
The first thing to note is Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.
With the injured Manuel Neuer still technically No1, Barcelona’s supreme shot-stopper settles into the ‘B team’ nicely.
Hertha Berlin left-back Marvin Plattenhardt is yet to spread his reputation far outside Germany but, like their French counterparts, this team boasts world famous names in nearly every other position.
It’s difficult to tell who out of Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira and Leon Goretzka will partner Toni Kroos in Lowe’s preferred XI.
We’ve edged it to Man City’s No8, allowing us the latter pair as two thirds of a formidable midfield completed by the ever-improving Sebastian Rudy.
Julian Weigl and Emre Can may feel aggrieved — they’ll have to settle for the ‘C’ team.
There isn’t much between Leroy Sane and Marco Reus at the minute and we’ve also gone for experience over slightly less experience in the form of Mario Gotze over Sandro Wagner up top.
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