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France to stick with Deschamps despite Euro 2024 struggles

The 55-year-old guided France to World Cup glory in 2018

Didier Deschamps

The French Football Federation has no intention of sacking Didier Deschamps despite Les Bleus’ disappointing Euro 2024 campaign.

France went out at the semi-final stage last night after losing 2-1 to Spain – a run that on the face it looks respectable but Deschamps’ side were uninspiring throughout.

The squad managed just one goal from open play – Randal Kolo Muani’s early header against the Spanish – and reached the last four courtesy of a Kylian Mbappe penalty and two own goals.

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France were heavily criticised by their own media but FFF president Philippe Diallo told L’Equipe: “He [Deschamps] has a contract [that runs until 2026] and has achieved the sporting objective that was set for him.

“I see no need to call his contract into question. His past results speak for themselves and the objectives have been reached. Didier will continue his mission.”

Credit in the bank

Deschamps succeeded Laurent Blanc as France boss in 2012 and has enjoyed great success.

The 55-year-old led Les Bleus to the 2018 World Cup title in Russia before his team reached the final in Qatar four years later only to lose to Argentina on a penalty shootout.

They also got to the final of Euro 2016 – a tournament they hosted – but lost 1-0 to Portugal.

Asked about his future following the Spain game, Deschamps said: “I am here to respond to your questions [but] I won’t respond to that one today.

“You know full well what my president thinks so you maybe don’t even have to ask the question.”

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.