The world champions, France - with their young and exciting squad - would have been eager to go at Euro 2020, whilst looking to avenge their Euro 2016 final defeat on home soil. Now, with young stars like Kylian Mbappe already rated amongst the very best, both the present and the future is exceptionally bright for this gargantuan football nation.
However, with the postponement to Euro 2021, does this work in favour for the world champions? They were, after all, just behind England as the favourites heading into the 2020 showdown?
France are still being rated as second-favourites to lift the trophy, with Paddy Power offering odds of 5/1 in 2021 - the same as Belgium. Unlike most nations, France have the luxury of youth on their side, mixed with experienced talent, whilst some of these young stars are already at heights some players could only dream of.
The entire squad is bursting at the seams with young talent, so much so, that two years ago, elite players such as Anthony Martial missed out on a World Cup medal, and are still struggling to get in the side today.
Although, if anything, a year-long wait will only benefit France, as it gives more time for talent to develop and establish themselves on the world stage.
The go-to starting 11 during 2018’s World Cup campaign only consisted of three players over the age of 27, whilst the entire 23-man squad only had five players above 30, with two of them being goalkeepers.
What France had was a World Cup-winning squad consisting of a key group of players who hadn’t even reached their prime years, and now, at 2021, some will be within their 'prime age', whilst others are still years off.
With this said, will France be even more of a formidable force in 2021? Or will the delay affecting the small group of older players take its toll the rest of the team?
Here, we will look at where the extra year can affect France, and where it leaves them in the fight for the trophy.