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Valbuena aware he has big shoes to fill

March 21, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent
Mathieu Valbuena is conscious that following in the footsteps of Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane as the French national team's creative hub is "a big responsibility".

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Valbuena, 28, has developed into an integral part of Didier Deschamps' squad, with the France coach often employing a 4-2-3-1 formation in which the midfielder fills the No. 10 role previously occupied by Zidane and Platini.

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