The French Football Federation (FFF) reportedly considers Zinedine Zidane just as strong a candidate for the role of national team coach as Didier Deschamps.
According to L'Equipe, while Real Madrid's sporting director has no previous coaching experience, the Bleus legend is viewed as a viable replacement for Laurent Blanc, who stepped down following the country's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.
Deschamps was immediately installed as the favourite to succeed Blanc following his former international team-mate's resignation on June 30 and the odds on him being France's next boss only shortened after he parted company with Marseille two days later.
However, Zidane admitted on Sunday that he would like to coach his country one day, a declaration that was warmly received by FFF president Noel Le Graet, who is now giving serious thought to turning to the man who inspired Les Bleus to World Cup glory in 1998.
Zidane, Deschamps and Blanc were also a part of the side that won Euro 2000.