The modern era has seen focus move further away from international football and more and more towards the club game.
Fewer of the sport’s most respected coaches are working in charge of national teams, with the major tactical trends and developments are taking place in Europe’s top leagues. There’s an increasing sense that the route to success at summer tournaments is functional, unadventurous formations and a defensively-focused approach.
But such a state of affairs makes the exceptions stand out even more. Here are eight national teams since 2010 that serve as a reminder of why international football is still well worth watching.
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