Didier Deschamps – France
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.