France boss Didier Deschamps happy Antoine Griezmann has sorted club future

Kylian Mbappe in a past match

Kylian Mbappe in a past match

Didier Deschamps' men, runners-up at their home European Championship two years ago, enter the World Cup in Russian Federation as one of the favourites.

Having steered France to the cusp of Euro 2016 glory, Deschamps watched in dismay as Portugal punished France in extra-time at the Stade de France.

"Let's face it, Brazil, Spain and Germany are a little ahead of us", he stated.

They face an opponent who has arrived in Russian Federation with the ambition of getting their second World Cup title after victory at home in the 1998 edition. "You win because you've got the right mentality".

The program, called "The Decision", was broadcast on Spanish TV on Thursday, just two days before France's opening World Cup game against Australia.

"First, we have to win the first group game".

Asked if Australia could suffer the same fate as the Saudis, van Marwijk replied: "We better not come tomorrow if we think like that".

France boss Didier Deschamps believes Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is ready to set the World Cup alight after ending speculation about his club future.

"We are three players who appreciate each other, we put our egos on the side", Mbappe said.

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"I will pick what is the best team for France to start the match; not so much for the opponent but to be risky for our opponents, create opportunities and score".

Now, though, they must try and replicate that form on the big stage.

Mbappe also spoke about the possibility of lining up alongside Griezmann and Dembele in attack - a prospect that greatly excites the teenager, although he concedes the trio will have to continue to work on their relationship. Since then, Les Bleus have cultivated one of best squads in the world. "Besides, we can't take any of our opponents lightly".

A look at the players Deschamps has left behind speaks volumes of the quality in his 23-man squad.

"The behaviour has been exceptional, they're polite and respectful", said French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet. It couldn't have been worse.

It is now up to Deschamps' young team to perform on the pitch.

The World Cup victor said striker Olivier Giroud had had stitches to a head wound, but would be able to play with protection, if selected.

"We're expecting him to get the crowd on their feet".

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