Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso, veterans of the side that won EURO 2008, South Africa 2010 and EURO 2012, have retired from international football, following in the footsteps of David Villa. Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata were all omitted, while fitness problems of varying degrees have ruled out Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Javi Martinez.
However, Deschamps said: "They are not going to change. They base their game around possession, keeping the ball on the ground with short passes. They have players at the heart of their game who have stopped, Xavi and Xabi Alonso. Iniesta is out, but they have such a reservoir of talent in midfield with (Cesc) Fabregas, Isco.
"Del Bosque has quite a hard core. The worry this new generation could have is that they don’t have a lot of caps. Competing with them for possession will be difficult, it is their strength, but the motivation will be there. It’s Spain at the Stade de France, with a sell-out crowd. I have no doubt as to the commitment of the players."
"We have recovered a lot of credibility with what we did in Brazil. We are tenth in the FIFA rankings,Cheap Rs Gold," said Deschamps. We were quarter-finalists at the World Cup. There are teams who did better than us but we are back among the most competitive teams in Europe and the world."