No room for egos as France plays Euro 2016 underdog Iceland
PARIS: With an unassuming group of players lighting up the European Championship, Iceland's dazzling advance has been infectious.
Even France, which has a recent history of rebellion, is talking up the importance of team unity as the two-time European champions prepare to face Iceland in Sunday's quarterfinal.
"If someone wants to act like a star, we'll put them back in their place," France defender Patrice Evra said. "The team is the star."
France will have to cope without the suspended duo of center back Adil Rami and midfielder N'Golo Kante on Sunday. Yohan Cabaye is expected to take Kante's place as was the case when Didier Deschamps rested the Leicester player for the final group game against Switzerland.
Samuel Umtiti has been tipped to fill in for Rami and make his France debut on the biggest of stages. Set for a post-Euro 2016 move to Barcelona, Umtiti only made the France squad after two teammates pulled out injured.