The post-Euro 2000 blues

International standard

September 9, 2011
By Miguel Delaney
Didier Deschamps knew instantly. As David Trezeguet thundered the ball into the roof of Italy's net to win Euro 2000, the French captain was struck by a feeling of finality. Amid the centre-circle celebrations, he told manager Roger Lemerre "it's never going to get any better than this".

Deschamps was, of course, talking about a French dynasty that had just completed a double. But he might well have been describing international football in general.

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