There is an overriding feeling that this era could belong to France after Les Bleus won the 2018 World Cup.
Didier Deschamps’ squad in Russia had the perfect blend of youth and experience.
By the time the next World Cup comes around, in Qatar in four years time, they could be even stronger.
Kylian Mbappe, just 19, will have matured, while Ousmane Dembele won’t be quite as raw as he currently is.
That’s in attack. In defence, Raphael Varane looked like the best defender in the world in Russia.
And Paul Pogba was a dominant box-to-box midfielder.
Deschamps’ style hasn’t gone down well with everyone, with Hatem Ben Arfa calling for the France coach to quit.
Deschamps' HT team-talk
“You can't hide the fact that the French team's ultra-cynical style is pretty ugly,” Ben Arfa said.
But footage of Deschamps delivering his team-talk at half-time in the final shows the control he has over the dressing room.
The 49-year-old delivered a refined speech in which he warned his players to be wary of Mario Mandzukic and told them to “give it to Kylian.”
Pogba, Varane and Antoine Griezmann also speak up. Watch the three-part video below.
The score was 2-1 at half-time, Griezmann converting from the penalty spot after Mandzukic’s own goal.
And the game was out of Croatia’s reach when Pogba and Mbappe scored to make it 4-1.
Mandzukic scored with 20 minutes remaining but Croatia were unable to push on and France cruised to victory.
It was exactly what they deserved.
France had problems during the group stage. They required an 81st minute goal to overcome Australia in their opening match and then scored just once in their next two matches.
But they were impressive in the knockout stages.
It started with a thrilling 4-3 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina before a comfortable 2-0 victory against Uruguay.
The biggest test came against Belgium in the semi-final, one which they came through thanks to Samuel Umtiti’s goal.
Then the final, where France delivered under great expectation.
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