Kylian Mbappe, who was born four months after France’s first World Cup victory 20 years ago, scored a stunning fourth goal to cap a stirring success in Moscow, and later collected the Young Player of the Tournament award for his exploits in Russia.
With a youthful defence, a coach who switches his tactics to cope with changing demands and Mbappe emerging as the next star of world football, France have the perfect platform to build on as they prepare for Uefa’s flagship tournament, which the governing body has chosen to diminish by scattering it to the four corners of the continent.
Germany, who performed so poorly before being eliminated in the group stage, have made the sensible decision to retain the services of Joachim Loew as head coach, and they are alongside Spain at 6/1* with Betfred.
Beaten semi-finalists Belgium and England, meanwhile, are each at 8/1*, while the defending champions Portugal are at 16/1* with Betfred.
The draw for the Euros takes place in Dublin, one of the 12 host cities, in early December with the qualifying taking place from March 2019 through to March 2020.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|