France boss Didier Deschamps has left veteran left-back Patrice Evra out of the squad to face Italy and Belarus next month.
Juventus defender and former Les Bleus captain Evra has 80 caps for his country and was an ever-present in their run to the final of Euro 2016.
But Deschamps has now suggested that he is looking towards the future in leaving out the 35-year-old for the September 1 friendly against Italy and France's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Belarus five days later.
Paris Saint-Germain's Layvin Kurzawa and Barcelona's Lucas Digne are set to contest the left-back slot, but Deschamps has stopped short of definitively calling time on Evra's international career.
"He [Evra] is still at a good level, but I need to look forward to a World Cup in two years," he said.
"I have not closed the door on Evra. I know what he is capable of. It is up to him to maintain his high level."