Right-back Mathieu Debuchy spent the first ten seasons of his career at Lille, where he won plaudits for his contributions further up the pitch and his dedication to the cause. "He's a player who puts his head where others wouldn't put their feet," noted his one-time Lille coach Claude Puel, and Debuchy's efforts were certainly key as Les Dogues raised their standing on the domestic scene and graced the European game. Above all, his loyalty was rewarded in 2011, when he won a league and cup double with the club alongside the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Eden Hazard and Gervinho.

Debuchy received his maiden France call-up the same year, following an injury to Bakari Sagna. It was fair recognition for a player who had developed into one of the best right-backs in Ligue 1, underlining the exciting new level he was reaching. He contested the qualifying campaign ahead of UEFA EURO 2012 and then appeared in the finals as a first-choice starter, and he has continued to be a reliable performer on France's right flank since Didier Deschamps took the reins. He also enjoys a starting berth for Newcastle United, having left Lille for the Premier League in January last year.