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‘You know where I am’ Benzema tells Deschamps

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Madrid (AFP) – Karim Benzema will not make any attempt to persuade Didier Deschamps to take him to the World Cup, the Real Madrid star telling the France coach: “If you need me, you know where I am”.

Benzema has not played for his country since October 2015 after being charged in connection with an alleged blackmail of his French teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

‘You know where I am’ Benzema tells Deschamps

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Madrid (AFP) – Karim Benzema will not make any attempt to persuade Didier Deschamps to take him to the World Cup, the Real Madrid star telling the France coach: “If you need me, you know where I am”.

Benzema has not played for his country since October 2015 after being charged in connection with an alleged blackmail of his French teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

French football chief ‘very careful’ over Deschamps threat

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Paris (AFP) – French football federation president Noel Le Graet said he was adopting a “very careful” approach after a photoshopped image of national team coach Didier Deschamps emerged accompanied by threats from Islamic State sympathisers.

France’s Interior Minister Gerard Collomb “is taking care of it very directly and therefore I can’t provide any more information.

French football chief ‘very careful’ over Deschamps threat

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Paris (AFP) – French football federation president Noel Le Graet said he was adopting a “very careful” approach after a photoshopped image of national team coach Didier Deschamps emerged accompanied by threats from Islamic State sympathisers.

France’s Interior Minister Gerard Collomb “is taking care of it very directly and therefore I can’t provide any more information.

FFF boss slams Cantona attack on Deschamps as ‘stupid, pathetic’

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Paris (AFP) French football chief Noel Le Graet on Saturday slammed claims by former international Eric Cantona that France coach Didier Deschamps was guilty of racial discrimination in his Euro 2016 selection as "stupid" and "pathetic".

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

FFF boss slams Cantona attack on Deschamps as ‘stupid, pathetic’

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Paris (AFP) French football chief Noel Le Graet on Saturday slammed claims by former international Eric Cantona that France coach Didier Deschamps was guilty of racial discrimination in his Euro 2016 selection as "stupid" and "pathetic".

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

Deschamps keeping French Euro 2016 expectations high

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps accepted on Wednesday that Raphael Varane's injury is a blow to his side's Euro 2016 hopes, but called on his men to overcome their defensive absences.

The injury to Real Madrid centre-back Varane comes after his first-choice international partner Mamadou Sakho was also ruled out of the tournament following a failed drugs test while playing for club team Liverpool.

Deschamps keeping French Euro 2016 expectations high

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps accepted on Wednesday that Raphael Varane's injury is a blow to his side's Euro 2016 hopes, but called on his men to overcome their defensive absences.

The injury to Real Madrid centre-back Varane comes after his first-choice international partner Mamadou Sakho was also ruled out of the tournament following a failed drugs test while playing for club team Liverpool.

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World Cup draw ‘could have been worse’ for France – Deschamps

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Moscow (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps said his side “have to win their group”, after Friday’s World Cup draw in Moscow pitted the 1998 champions against Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

“I’m going to give a classic answer: It could have been worse,” Deschamps, who captained France to World Cup glory 19 years ago on home soil, told BeIN Sport.

Deschamps in charge means no World Cup for me, says Benzema

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema admitted Sunday that he had no hope of playing at the World Cup next year as long as Didier Deschamps remains as France coach.

“Of course I believe it (playing for France again), I still believe in it,” the 29-year-old Benzema told Canal+.

Deschamps in charge means no World Cup for me, says Benzema

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema admitted Sunday that he had no hope of playing at the World Cup next year as long as Didier Deschamps remains as France coach.

“Of course I believe it (playing for France again), I still believe in it,” the 29-year-old Benzema told Canal+.

French performance leaves Deschamps purring

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Paris (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps could not help showering his side with praise after their brilliant attack tore the Netherlands to shreds in a 4-0 win on Thursday.

Thomas Lemar scored twice either side of goals by Antoine Griezmann and man of the moment Kylian Mbappe in the key 2018 World Cup qualifying clash at a euphoric Stade de France.

Should Arsenal worry about Giroud´s internationals?

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Arsenal fans will surely be a happier bunch after Arsene Wenger and the players put on a good show away to Watford to record a first win of the new Premier League season. Along with the three points and some good play from the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka and Petr Cech [...]

Deschamps encouraged as Pogba repays faith

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps hailed Paul Pogba's "great, great potential" after the midfielder put a difficult week behind him to shine in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

The Juventus star was one of few bright spots in a drab final Euro 2016 Group A game at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, twice clipping the crossbar and testing Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a crisp half-volley.

Deschamps encouraged as Pogba repays faith

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps hailed Paul Pogba's "great, great potential" after the midfielder put a difficult week behind him to shine in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

The Juventus star was one of few bright spots in a drab final Euro 2016 Group A game at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, twice clipping the crossbar and testing Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a crisp half-volley.

‘Mission accomplished’ for France: Deschamps

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps said his team had fulfilled their initial objectives after qualifying as winners of Euro 2016 Group A following a 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.

The host nation largely controlled the game at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with Paul Pogba twice hitting the bar and substitute Dimitri Payet also leaving the woodwork quivering with an emphatic late volley.

‘Mission accomplished’ for France: Deschamps

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps said his team had fulfilled their initial objectives after qualifying as winners of Euro 2016 Group A following a 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.

The host nation largely controlled the game at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with Paul Pogba twice hitting the bar and substitute Dimitri Payet also leaving the woodwork quivering with an emphatic late volley.

Deschamps douses Pogba fire as Switzerland await

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps hopes to put a controversy concerning midfielder Paul Pogba behind him when the Euro 2016 hosts close Group A against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Dropped for Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille, Juventus star Pogba came on at half-time and helped set up the second goal for Dimitri Payet deep into stoppage time with a trademark cross-field pass.

Deschamps douses Pogba fire as Switzerland await

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps hopes to put a controversy concerning midfielder Paul Pogba behind him when the Euro 2016 hosts close Group A against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Dropped for Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille, Juventus star Pogba came on at half-time and helped set up the second goal for Dimitri Payet deep into stoppage time with a trademark cross-field pass.

France coach Deschamps sees room for improvement at Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) Didier Deschamps praised the persistence of his French side after late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet steered the Euro 2016 hosts to a 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday.

But Deschamps admitted there were still areas in which France could improve despite starting the tournament with back-to-back victories.

France coach Deschamps sees room for improvement at Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) Didier Deschamps praised the persistence of his French side after late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet steered the Euro 2016 hosts to a 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday.

But Deschamps admitted there were still areas in which France could improve despite starting the tournament with back-to-back victories.

Move up a gear for Albania, Deschamps tells France

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Marseille (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps has called on Les Bleus to move up a gear against an Albania side that he insisted could trouble the Euro 2016 hosts.

Deschamps' men earned the perfect start to the competition with a 2-1 win over Romania at the Stade de France in Paris last Friday.

Move up a gear for Albania, Deschamps tells France

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Marseille (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps has called on Les Bleus to move up a gear against an Albania side that he insisted could trouble the Euro 2016 hosts.

Deschamps' men earned the perfect start to the competition with a 2-1 win over Romania at the Stade de France in Paris last Friday.

Deschamps sets sights on more France glory, as coach

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Paris (AFP) Having scaled the international football heights as a player, Didier Deschamps now has his sights set on leading France to European Championship glory on home soil as coach.

Deschamps was captain of the French team that won the World Cup at home in 1998 and also led Les Bleus to glory at Euro 2000, so could hardly be better placed to handle the pressure and expectation that comes with being in charge of the Euro 2016 hosts.

Deschamps sets sights on more France glory, as coach

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Paris (AFP) Having scaled the international football heights as a player, Didier Deschamps now has his sights set on leading France to European Championship glory on home soil as coach.

Deschamps was captain of the French team that won the World Cup at home in 1998 and also led Les Bleus to glory at Euro 2000, so could hardly be better placed to handle the pressure and expectation that comes with being in charge of the Euro 2016 hosts.

Giroud wants encouragement – not jeers!

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The Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud has had to contend with much criticism over the last four years since he arrived at the Emirates, but he still manages to put in his performances and score the occasional goal

Benzema says Deschamps ‘bowed to racists’ over Euro snub

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Madrid (AFP) France's top scorer Karim Benzema on Wednesday accusedcoach Didier Deschamps of bowing to pressure from a "racist" political party by not choosing him for the country's Euro 2016 squad.

The Real Madrid striker, who is being investigated over an alleged sex-tape blackmail case, questioned whether Deschamps left him out because of his Algerian descent.

Benzema says Deschamps ‘bowed to racists’ over Euro snub

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Madrid (AFP) France's top scorer Karim Benzema on Wednesday accusedcoach Didier Deschamps of bowing to pressure from a "racist" political party by not choosing him for the country's Euro 2016 squad.

The Real Madrid striker, who is being investigated over an alleged sex-tape blackmail case, questioned whether Deschamps left him out because of his Algerian descent.

Deschamps confident Griezmann will bounce back for France

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday played down any worries of the effect Antoine Griezmann's missed penalty in Atletico Madrid's Champions League final defeat will have on his key player for Euro 2016.

The forward struck the crossbar from the spot early in the second half with Atletico trailing to city rivals Real Madrid on Saturday, before they went on to lose on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Deschamps confident Griezmann will bounce back for France

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday played down any worries of the effect Antoine Griezmann's missed penalty in Atletico Madrid's Champions League final defeat will have on his key player for Euro 2016.

The forward struck the crossbar from the spot early in the second half with Atletico trailing to city rivals Real Madrid on Saturday, before they went on to lose on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

France coach Deschamps condemns Giroud boos

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday hit out at supporters who booed striker Olivier Giroud during the Euro 2016 hosts' 3-2 friendly win against Cameroon in Nantes on Monday.

"It is certainly a minority and it is really unfair," said Deschamps after the Arsenal striker, 29, was whistled by a section of the home crowd when the teams were announced but scored his country's second goal during the match at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

France coach Deschamps condemns Giroud boos

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Neustift (Austria) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday hit out at supporters who booed striker Olivier Giroud during the Euro 2016 hosts' 3-2 friendly win against Cameroon in Nantes on Monday.

"It is certainly a minority and it is really unfair," said Deschamps after the Arsenal striker, 29, was whistled by a section of the home crowd when the teams were announced but scored his country's second goal during the match at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

No late France Euro call-up for Sakho

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Nantes (France) (AFP) France head coach Dider Deschamps confirmed on Sunday that he will not add Mamadou Sakho to his Euro-2016 squad, even if the centre-back is allowed to return to action after serving a provisional drugs ban.

Sakho has been a key player for Euro hosts France at the heart of their defence in the last couple of years, but he was given a 30-day suspension after failing a drugs test while playing in the Europa League for Liverpool.

No late France Euro call-up for Sakho

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Nantes (France) (AFP) France head coach Dider Deschamps confirmed on Sunday that he will not add Mamadou Sakho to his Euro-2016 squad, even if the centre-back is allowed to return to action after serving a provisional drugs ban.

Sakho has been a key player for Euro hosts France at the heart of their defence in the last couple of years, but he was given a 30-day suspension after failing a drugs test while playing in the Europa League for Liverpool.

Giroud says to look at his statistics – not his critics

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Oliver Giroud has come under fire from Arsenal fans and pundits alike in his four years as the Gunners main striker, but especially this campaign just ended as we failed to catch Leicester in the title race. A hat-trick in the last League game against Aston Villa meant that Giroud equalled his best tally of [.

Deschamps to sue Cantona over racial discrimination slur

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps will sue Eric Cantona for slander after the Manchester United legend accused his former international and club teammate of racial discrimination in his choice of players for Euro 2016, his lawyer said on Friday.

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

Deschamps to sue Cantona over racial discrimination slur

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps will sue Eric Cantona for slander after the Manchester United legend accused his former international and club teammate of racial discrimination in his choice of players for Euro 2016, his lawyer said on Friday.

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

EURO 2016

Euro 2016: Guide to the 24 managers leading their nation this summer

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With the European Championships less than a month away, managers participating in the competition have plenty to grapple with – squad selection, the new tournament's format, and the unrivaled pressure of a major international tournament. Here is a look at the 24 men that will lead their countries at Euro 2016.

Euro 2016: Guide to the 24 managers leading their nation this summer

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With the European Championships less than a month away, managers participating in the competition have plenty to grapple with – squad selection, the new tournament's format, and the unrivaled pressure of a major international tournament. Here is a look at the 24 men that will lead their countries at Euro 2016.

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Was Giroud right to quit Arsenal for Chelsea?

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France manager Didier Deschamps has claimed that Olivier Giroud made the correct decision to quit Arsenal for Chelsea. The French striker left the club as part of a three-way transfer which included our club bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates Stadium, as well as Michy Batshuayi joining Borussia Dortmund on loan.