The French national team you could have signed for nothing this summer

Former Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Manchester United, Sunderland, Rangers, Bolton, Manchester City, Liverpool and Fulham players feature.

This is a team of players who were all, and some still are, available for nothing this summer. But the twist with this free agent XI … every single player is a French international.

GK: Mickael Landreau - 11 caps

Asked to be released by Lille in January he subsequently signed a six-month deal with Bastia.

If you were quick you might have snapped him up but he signed a two-year contract extension with the Corsican club this summer.

DF: Antony Reveillere - 19 caps

Released by Lyon at the end of the season after a contract wrangle this experienced full-back is still available for nothing.

DF: Eric Abidal - 61 caps

Barcelona put sentiment to one side and didn’t renew the contract of this fan favourite. He signed for Monaco a week ago.

DF: Sebastian Squillaci - 21 caps

Arsenal finally ditched the former Sevilla defender this summer and he is expected to return to France.

DF: William Gallas - 84 caps

After some glaring mistakes last season it was clear that the former Chelsea and Arsenal players legs were going away from him.

Still available if anyone wants him.

MF: Jerome Rothen - 13 caps

Another player who demanded a release from his contract after an argument with the head coach at Bastia.

He was only available briefly however; as SM Caen snapped him up a week later.

MF: Florent Malouda - 80 caps

Treated badly by Chelsea last season but received plaudits for his class throughout the campaign.

Recently linked with West Brom and Olympiakos but is still searching for a new club.

MF: Mathieu Flamini - 3 caps

Contract talks failed to find an agreement at AC Milan so for the second summer in a row the midfielder is available for nothing.

He has talked up a return to England.

MF: Sidney Govou - 49 caps

Released by Evian Thonon in June he is still searching for a new club.

FW: Louis Saha - 20 caps

His brief stint with Lazio ended without a goal and the Premier League favourite is currently wanted by Nice in his homeland.

FW: Nicolas Anelka - 69 caps

Signed for West Brom this summer after a short-term stint with Juventus came to an end. The Baggies are his sixth Premier League club.

Combined number of caps: 430

While the average age of this team is certainly high an incredibly high tally of seven featured in the France squad for their ill-fated 2010 World Cup campaign just three summers ago; and it would have been eight had I not chosen to go with Saha over Djibril Cisse who was released by QPR this summer.

Would you have any of these players in your team?

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