In the latest France news, captain Hugo Lloris wants his side to right the wrongs of their Euro 2016 heartache when they contest Sunday’s World Cup final.
Les Bleus booked their place in a second successive major tournament final following Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Belgium in Saint Petersburg and they will now face either England or Croatia in the showpiece contest.
France will be heavily fancied to lift a second World Cup on Sunday and they are priced at 13/20 with Unibet to do just that, although they were also tipped to claim European Championship glory on home soil two years ago, only to suffer an extra time defeat to Portugal in the final.
Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris is one of nine members of the current squad that finished runners-up at Euro 2016 and he is keen for his side to right the wrongs of that defeat by winning Sunday’s final.
“It’s an amazing feeling but we already lost the final two years ago and that’s why we feel [the need] to keep our feet on the floor,” Lloris said.
“It’s important to keep the belief because the belief is strong in our team. There is still one game to play and the most important of our careers.
“Most of our players were not at the Euros. There was a lot of change between the competitions. “For the players who were involved, yes, we can use our own experience to show the right way to the young lads.”
Lloris has also been quick to praise manager Didier Deschamps’ role in France’s run to the final, as he believes the 49-year-old has been particularly influential in their knockout stage successes over Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.
“The manager deserves a lot of credit,” he said. “Against Argentina, Uruguay and then again against Belgium, his plan was perfect,” Lloris added.