France national team set for future with impressive crop of youngsters

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France are being hailed as one of the strong favourites for Euro 2016 and it's not hard to see why. 

They have built an impressive team featuring some experienced world class players alongside the cream of the crop of youth players.

Here we focus on the latter category, with four young stars who are set to succeed both at club level and for the national side.


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Kurt Zouma (Defender - Chelsea)

Kurt Zouma has had an impressive season at Chelsea, despite the turmoil at Stamford Bridge. 

With John Terry's future in doubt, the 21-year old has an excellent opportunity to make one of the centre back spots permanently his.

The former-St Etienne defender has earned two caps so far, but expect him to earn many more in the future.

Sadly for the defender, he won't be competing in this summer's Euros due to a serious knee injury sustained earlier on in the season.

Geoffrey Kondogbia (Midfielder - Inter Milan)

Geoffrey Kondogbia was a rising star with French side AS Monaco, and on the radar of several Premier League clubs.

So it came as somewhat of a surprise when he made the switch to an aging and declining Inter Milan side for €31 million.

However, he has continued his meteoric rise, playing a prominent role in Inter's comeback, as they sit in 4th place in the Serie A table at present.

He featured 57 times for France at various youth levels before making his senior debut last year.

Do not be surprised if Kondogbia makes another big money move in the next few years, this time, to join the Premier League elite.

Kingsley Coman (Winger - Bayern Munich - on loan from Juventus)

The 19-year-old has had a phenomenal early career, featuring for three European super-giants in Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

After failing to agree a new contract at the Parc des Princes, Coman made the move to Juventus before making a loan switch to Bayern.

He has impressed with the Bavarian club, replacing the injured Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to excellent effect.

His skill, speed and technical prowess makes him one of the top young talents in the world today.

It is still very early days in terms of his involvement with the national team, however, he has already earned three caps and scored his first goal.

Anthony Martial (Striker - Manchester United)

Anthony Martial has been Manchester United's key figure during a period of frustration and failure at Old Trafford.

Signed from Monaco last summer, he has emerged as one of the top attacking talents in the Premier League, scoring eight league goals and contributing immensely to the team.

While it is still early in the 20-year-old's career, it is widely expected that he will be a key figure at United for many years to come - following in the footsteps of great strikers such as Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke etc.

He has featured eight times so far for Les Bleus, and will pick up plenty more caps going forward.

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