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Euro2016: France deserve semi-final but now face ‘best in the world’ Germany - Deschamps

France manager Didier Deschamps felt his team thoroughly deserved their place in the semi-finals of Euro2016.

Les Bleus produced a a fairly convincing 5-2 victory over Iceland in Paris on Sunday night to book their spot in the final four against fellow European heavyweights Germany on Thursday.

Deschamps paid compliment to his players for storming into the semi-final on home soil but is well aware that advancing past the reigning World champions to set up a place in the final against Portugal or Wales will be much more difficult.

"I am delighted for the players as they deserve this, and for these fans who have been behind us for months," he said after Olivier Giroud scored a brace and Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann also found the back of the net at the Stade de France.

"To be able to offer them something to make them smile and feel happy and have another week in it. I'm delighted about that.

"We are into the last week and I'm very happy about that. Germany are the best team. There is no doubt about that even if they had a few frights against Italy, who stopped them playing.

"But we are in the final four and we will go for it against the best team in the world."

Andrew Slevison
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