Mathieu Debuchy believes France’s "new era" of talent gives them a good chance of winning the European Championship when they host it in 2016.
France have won the World Cup and Euros in the last 16 years but their reputation was scarred by poor performances and off-field altercations in South Africa in 2010.
Having re-built the team under Didier Deschamps, Les Bleus have not lost since June's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Germany - and Debuchy is certain they have left their dark days behind them.
"When we play in the Stade de France in Paris now there’s much more synergy between the players and the fans who get behind us"
“It’s finished now,” the right back said. “The past is the past and when we play in the Stade de France in Paris now there’s much more synergy between the players and the fans who get behind us. It’s a new era.
“I’m very confident about the future. We could have done better in the 2014 World Cup but we still had a very decent tournament.
“We’re all very excited about Euro 2016 in France and hopefully we’ll be able to have a really good tournament. We have a good chance of winning it.
“We have young players like Paul Pogba. He is very good and he’s a good person as well. He’s going to be one of the best players in the world in the future.”
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