French footballers have a strong record of success within the English Premier League, with a remarkable statistic showing that 24 French nationals have lifted English football’s league crown.
The first of those came in the inaugural season of the Premier League in 1992/92, with Eric Cantona becoming the first Frenchman to win for those of you who wanted a brilliant pub quiz question, and France has the highest number of nationals to win the Premier League excluding England.
With N’Golo Kante showing his importance in successes for Chelsea and Leicester City in recent years, and the likes of Paul Pogba, Laurent Koscielny and Hugo Lloris established in other top sides within the Premier League, France’s dominance of English football is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Given the abundance of French players that have made an impression in the Premier League, picking an all-time XI is an incredibly difficult task – but we feel we’ve hit the nail on the head with our selections.
As you can see, our all-time French Premier League XI boasts a wealth of top class names and there’s plenty of stars who haven’t made the cut, which will likely lead to a debate amongst some of you readers.
In a few years time, players like N’Golo Kante may well make the cut and there is an argument to have the two-time successive Premier League winner in ahead of Makelele – but he still has a bit more to do in our book.