A star is born on the World Cup-winning French national team: Benjamin Pavard, who had just earned promotion to the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart, has become a world champion.
Kylian Mbappe's double will hog headlines but Benjamin Pavard's wonder strike against Argentina was the turning point. The Stuttgart man was a leftfield selection for France and his rise to prominence has been rapid.
The Bundesliga’s reputation for being a hotbed of talent precedes it and in the 2017-18 campaign, the next generation of stars has once again used the platform to outshine their more experienced counterparts.
Fifty-three days on from their triumph in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, newly-crowned world champions France return to action against neighbors Germany, the team whose title they took, in the UEFA Nations League.
One goal from Kylian Mbappe was enough in the end for France. Bringing Olivier Giroud into the attack brought more balance to the side, although their first-half showing was rather better than the second.
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