There are many who will seek the stage of the World Cup to heighten their status. I will try to pick a few that should get hyped beyond belief in four months time.
A young midfielder who currently plays for Toulouse. Made the France squad and has been impressive over the last couple of seasons. A tall, languid figure if chosen he would be the most similar replacement for Patrick Vieira. Video footage.
A player who is definitely on the fringes of the French squad, he has been in superb form for Nice this season since leaving Lyon. When he moved to Nice he became their most expensive transfer ever at around €8 million. The striker has seven goals already this season. No footage available.
He will find it very difficult to make it into the first team as there are so many other great players in his position. He could though be a a great pick for the bench. He has the ability to come on and change a game. His form for Bayer Leverkusen has made him a player hard to ignore. With Mesut Ozil he has been one of the best playmakers in the Bundesliga this season.
His best goals and some other footage.