There may have been tears as a young France squad made its World Cup exit on Friday, but the players say the experience gained in Brazil will help when their country hosts the European Championship in 2016.

That experience was gained the painful way at the Maracana stadium as France lost 1-0 to Germany in the quarterfinals, with Antoine Griezmann crying after the final whistle.

Only two France outfield players to appear at this World Cup are more than 29 years old, leaving plenty of room for progression before Euro 2016.

Captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says "this World Cup will be a reference point for the years ahead for what is a very young, very talented team... we have to keep this momentum going over the next two years."