New France captain, Patrick Vieira, believes Les Bleus will be a stronger outfit because of their achievement in reaching the World Cup final in Germany.
The Inter midfielder was speaking on the eve of his country’s Euro 2008 warm-up against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.
Vieira said France would be boosted by the confidence generated by their showing in Germany.
“There is disappointment over the final but now we’ve got new objectives. It was frustrating but the page has turned, a new life is beginning, and that’s what is important,” said Vieira.
“We have to retain our solid base and balance and determination we showed there.
“In each game (at the World Cup) we proved that we were powerful. We’ve come out of a good World Cup, we’re stronger than we were two years ago.
“We’ve got lots of confidence which has done us the power of good. That’s what we missed before.
“Individually the players feel liberated.”
Vieira admits that the final defeat to Italy was a personal disappointment.
“I’ve gone over the final many times in my head on holiday,” he said.
“The Italians didn’t perhaps play as well as us, but they won, and you only remember the winners.
“For me it was hugely disappointing. It was awful having to come off injured. And then we let in a goal from a set piece when we knew that was their strong point.
“And the scorer (Marco Materazzi) was the player that I’d been marking.”