It was only two years ago that France reached the European Championship final on home soil, only to lose to Portugal in extra-time, and Deschamps told TF1 that result was still weighing on the team's minds.
"I think Pep helped me to perform better as an individual", he said.
"It is something exceptional - I am very happy for my players", he said.
The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup.
"For me, Kevin De Bruyne is the modern playmaker", he said.
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"They're like me - this is the most relaxed we have been, but England is obviously the first choice".
France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security. We worked hard defensively.
"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.
"Rami's moustache brought good luck", he said.
Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after German great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. It is in the knockout rounds that I hit my stride, though, and I hope to continue like this.
The Fatling also pointed out that some people who are not interested in the football may just want to get to work and carry on with their daily business.