Didier Deschamps – France

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

FRANCE’S most-capped in­ter na­tional with 103 ap­pear­ances, Deschamps was the un­sung hero of his coun­try’s suc­cess at the 1998 World Cup.

A solid but un­spec­tac­u­lar pres­ence in mid­field, Deschamps was de­rided as a “wa­ter-car­rier” by ri­val Eric Can­tona dur­ing the early 1990s.

How­ever, al­though he lacked the flair of some of his more skil­ful col­leagues, Deschamps was nev­er­the­less a vi­tal cog in the French line-up, un­selfishly win­ning pos­ses­sion and dis­tribut­ing quickly to the dan­ger men.

He re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball af­ter cap­tain­ing France to vic­tory in Euro 2000 and quit the club game in 2001 be­fore go­ing on to coach Monaco, Ju­ven­tus and Mar­seille, his cur­rent club.

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