Earning an international call-up is one of the proudest moments of a player’s career.
It’s often a just reward for excelling at club level, but attracting the attention of one of the world’s top footballing nations is never easy.
The likes of France, Brazil, Italy Spain and – to a lesser extent – England are littered with quality, so much so that talented players often slip under the radar.
Players that are starting and performing to a high standard in Europe’s top five leagues are actually yet to receive call-ups to their respective nations, such is the wealth of quality available.
Thanks to Transfermarkt, we’ve been able to provide the most valuable XI of players yet to receive a call-up to their international sides.
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While Aymeric Laporte (valued at £67.5m) is yet to be capped by France, he was called up to Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus squad in September before getting injured.
THE MOST VALUABLE UNCAPPED XI
GK: Emil Audero – Sampdoria (£13.5m)
CB: Abdou Diallo – PSG (£31.5m)
CB: Ibrahima Konate – RB Leipzig (£40.5m)
CB: Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig (£36m)
CDM: Marcos Llorente – Atletico Madrid (£27m)
CDM: Marc Roca – Espanyol (£27m)
RM: Rodrygo Goes – Real Madrid (£36m)
CAM: Houssem Aouar – Lyon (£40.5m)
LM: Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham (£31.5m)
ST: Sebastian Haller – West Ham (£40.5m)
ST: Joelinton – Newcastle (£31.5m)
It really is a golden era for France.
The three most valuable uncapped players (Konate, Aouar and Haller) all belong to Les Bleus.
But the talent pool doesn’t stop there. Issa Diop (£31.5m), Mouctar Diakhaby (£27m), Moussa Dembele (£27m) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (£25.2m) are also yet to be called up by Deschamps.
Think that’s the end? Oh no, because the world champions still have Morgan Sanson (£25.2m), William Saliba (£22.5m) and Jules Kounde (£22.5m) waiting in the wings.
Out of the top 25 most valuable uncapped players, France possess almost half of them with 12, quite astounding.
French football is certainly in good hands.