France player ratings as they cruise to a 2-0 victory over beaten Albania

Deschamps changes in tactics and squad see France come out as victors in Marseille.

France player ratings as they cruise to a 2-0 victory over beaten Albania
Celebrations all round. (Photo: Getty Images)

Even though the French manager started with the squad he finished with last game, substitutes like Paul Pogba for Anthony Martial and Antoine Griezmann for Kingsley Coman saw France revert to their original squad for the Euros.

The hosts look all but set to qualify for the knockout rounds of the 2016 European championship as they look to secure the third title in their history.

Consistent defence as France secure their first clean sheet

Hugo Lloris - 7 - The French skipper had a very good game making some superb saves throughout the game, which allowed France to keep their clean sheet and remain top of group A.

Bacary Sagna - 5 - With the Manchester City fullback being isolated to his defensive position during the game because of Kingsley Coman he couldn't show us his full capabilities. But once he was called upon he performed his task to a high degree and helped his fellow defenders in their task against the Albanian attack.

Adil Rami - 6 - Once again paired with Laurent Koscielny, the Sevilla centre back looked comfortable both at offensive and defensive corners, and dribbling the ball out of the defence.

Laurent Koscielny - 7 - Much like Rami, Koscielny looked like the experienced defender he is, with superb clearances and forward passing. Koscielny came close to a goal on more than one occasion and more than likely should have scored.

Patrice Evra - 6 - Evra is a very seasoned full back, playing against some of the best forwards in world football but he old age and lack of pace looks to be catching up on him. The French left-back gave away needless fouls during the game that could have potentially lead to his teams defeat.

Blaise Matuidi stars alongside N’golo Kante in the double pivot

Blaise Matuidi - 7 - Although a change in personnel was present in the France midfield, the tactics for Matuidi looked very similar. Matuidi would normally push on into attack, and throughout the game found himself in good positions on the left and right wing, he just could not find that killer pass for an assist to Olivier Giroud, Anthony Martial or Kingsley Coman.

N’Golo Kante - 7 - The Leicester City holding midfielder was in and amongst the action last night, with last ditch tackles and interceptions. This is not surprising as Kante won the most amount of tackles last season in the top five leagues in Europe with 105 overall. Kante will be vital to france in the later stages of this tournament, when they could potentially face some of the best attackers in world football, which includes: Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Thomas Muller.

Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman in, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann out.

Kingsley Coman - 8 - Yesterday, Coman became the youngest ever starter for France, at the age of only 20 years and two days old. However, the tricky winger did not let the moment overcome him and he had a brilliant game, with his terrifying pace and devastating skills, Coman was a real force on the pitch yesterday and he will be a force of Europe in the years to come!

Dimitri Payet - 9 - Payet's name was ringing around the Stade Vélodrome yesterday, after he scored another late goal for Le Bleu, in the 96th minute to secure a 2-0 win for the hosts. West Ham have found themselves a gem in Payet, and he showcased all of his talents yesterday, with flicks, tricks and pin point deliveries into the box from any angle. If France go on to win the tournament, Payet will be key to their success, so it is crucial to keep him match fit and well away from any injury scares.

Anthony Martial - 6 - Martial was only able to fill the left-wing position for the first 45 minutes of the match, after Didier Deschamps replaced the Manchester United winger with Juventus star Paul Pogba. The 20 year old forward always looks very calm on the ball in any situation and nothing changed yesterday. Uncharacteristically, Martial did not have the end product that he normally produces week in, week out for the Red Devils.

Olivier Giroud - 8 - Giroud started the game as a lone striker, without his partner Antoine Griezmann. However, the 29 year old striker still looked comfortable both in possession and as a target man. With willing runners like Coman and Martial, France tried to utilise this by sending long balls to Giroud to head on. Giroud hit the woodwork on more than one occasion yesterday, and was very unlucky not to score.

Clutch substitutes by Deschamps

Paul Pogba - 6 - There was some controversy surrounding the choice by Deschamps to not start the poster boy of the France national team and this ‘mistake’ was rectified by the manager when he replaced Martial for Pogba. France now had a different option, a taller more physical player who was willing to defend as well as attack, this substitute proved to be a good one as after Pogba was brought on, France went on to score two goals and secure the win.

Antoine Griezmann - 9 - In the 88th minute, the crowd became nervous and anxious that the result may be a stale 0-0 but Griezmann came to the rescue with a 89th minute goal for France after a superb header to the far post. This goal gave France the confidence to go on and score another goal to boost their goal difference to plus three.

Andre-Pierre Gignac - 6 - Much like Giroud, Gignac is described as a target man who is also good in possession. The former Marseille striker was only on the field for 23 minutes and did not impact the game as much as the French supporters hoped so.