Laurent Koscielny sent a letter to the France World Cup squad having cruelly been ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury.
The Arsenal centre back was taken off on a stretcher against Atletico Madrid and has since undergone surgery, but he will passionately supporting his French team-mates in Russia.
Didier Deschamps printed out the letter and handed it to every player, as seen in a video on the team’s Instagram page.
Koscielny wrote: ‘The main thing is to get along with each other, all together, players and staff.
‘Everyone has to fight and go the extra yard for his team-mates, team spirit is key.
‘The whole nation is behind you and will cheer you on. This support, energy, pride and passion will carry you just as it did in Euro 2016.
‘This year, I’ll be on my sofa, watching on the TV and I’ll be your No 1 fan.
The Arsenal stalwart has been ruled out of action for six months after sustaining the injury in the Europa League semi-final.
His leadership will be sorely missed in the international set-up this summer and clearly his team-mates hold him in high regard, reading the letter in stony silence.
Les Bleus are among the favourites to lift the trophy and will no doubt be inspired by Koscielny’s rallying cry.
The squad are at their training base and a video was also posted of a team-bonding mountain bike ride in the forest of Clairefontaine.