First capped in 2008, Hugo Lloris is now part of the furniture in the France team, having made the goalkeeping jersey his own and wearing the captain's armband. His cool head and serenity on and off the pitch have long been valuable assets for Les Bleus, not to mention his club side Tottenham Hotspur, where he is also captain.
Seemingly impervious to pressure, the Nice native is a reassuring presence between the posts. And although his ball-playing skills have always been considered a weakness, Lloris has made plenty of progress in that area over the years. On his line, meanwhile, he remains majestic, and at 6'2'' his aerial ability is likewise impressive. In short, the former Lyon custodian will be one of Didier Deschamps's chief lieutenants in Russia, where his starting place is beyond doubt.