France will not win the World Cup according to head coach
Didier Deschamps feels les Bleus are no longer one of the elite sides in international football and will use this year’s tournament in Brazil in preparation for Euro 2016.
France were eliminated in the group stages during the 2010 World Cup and only qualified for the finals in Brazil after beating Ukraine in the play-offs.
Head coach Deschamps feels France are no longer one of the elite national sides in the world.
"There are six or seven teams out there that head into the competition to win it, but France are not among those teams," the Frenchman told RMC.
"Our first objective is to win our opening game against Honduras on June 15."
"The last time France won a World Cup group-stage match was against Togo in 2006. We are no longer among the elite teams in Europe or worldwide."
"I am a realist and keeping my feet on the ground. Is France's level that of the first leg against Ukraine or that of the return? We have to rely on what we did in the second game and try and replicate that each match," completed the 45-year-old.