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LIVE FROM RUSSIA: Deschamps says France proved mettle; ready for Brazil or Belgium

Didier Deschamps says France will be ready for either Belgium or Brazil in the semi-finals as they've been watching both teams since the start of the World Cup.

Les Bleus will face the winner of tonight's other quarterfinal in Kazan after they beat Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod.

When asked who he'd prefer out of Brazil and Belgium, the France manager told reporters his team would be prepared for both.

"I don't have a preference," said Deschamps. "We'll see how they play. We've observed both of them from the beginning, so let's see what awaits us."

After struggling to impress in the group stage, Deschamps' side have now eliminated Argentina and Uruguay on route to the semi-finals. And the 49-year-old added that he believed were gathering momentum at the right time.

"The group phase was tough but many other big teams weren't successful even though they were big teams. We weren't the best.

"Against Argentina we grew and it wasn't easy. It could've been a one off and that would've been that but to play at a high level today, we've shown our mettle and that's very good for us."

Andrew Maclean
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