Didier Deschamps to STAY ON as France head coach until World Cup 2026

  • France were knocked out of Euro 2024 after losing 2-1 to Spain in the semi-final
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Didier Deschamps will remain as France’s head coach until the World Cup in 2026, the French FA president has revealed.

France were beaten 2-1 by La Roja on Tuesday night as goals from Lamine Yamal and Dani Olmo condemned them to their fate after Randal Kolo Muani had opened the scoring.

Despite reaching the final four, France’s exit capped what had been an underwhelming tournament as Les Bleus scored just one goal from open play and put in several uninspiring performances.

However, French Football Federation (FFF) president Philippe Diallo said there was ‘no reason’ to question Deschamps’ future.

‘Past results speak in his favour and the objectives have been achieved. Didier will continue his mission,’ he told L’Equipe.

Didier Deschamps will remain as France’s head coach until the World Cup in 2026 despite last night’s defeat

French Football Federation (FFF) president Philippe Diallo said 'past results speak in his favour'

French Football Federation (FFF) president Philippe Diallo said ‘past results speak in his favour’

France's stars have been slammed after their Euro 2024 semi-final defeat by Spain on Tuesday

France’s stars have been slammed after their Euro 2024 semi-final defeat by Spain on Tuesday

‘We’re going to be talking to each other over the next few days to analyse in greater depth what we lacked during this semi-final and what would have enabled us to go further.

‘During this month, I’ve seen a lot of professionalism and a quest for excellence. We need to keep the French team moving in this direction.’

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Les Blues were beaten 2-1 by Spain in the semi-final of the European Championship.

After their narrow defeat on Tuesday, L’Equipe were one of many French outlets to castigate Didier Deschamps’ side as they handed out several dreadful ratings.

Their front page was equally as critical as they shared a photo of Mbappe looking glum without his mask on with the caption ‘DEMASQUES’, which translates as ‘unmasked’.

Meanwhile, Le Figaro said: ‘Mbappe (again) fails, Dembele too, Rabiot all soft’, with the paper handing the Les Bleus captain a 2/10 rating.

Other outlets also questioned whether Euro 2024 was a ‘failed competition for the French team’, while Le Monde claimed Deschamps’ side were ‘outclassed’ by Spain, leading to a ‘bitter end to the Euros’.

L’Humanite continued on the theme of France struggling against Luis de la Fuente’s side as they said: ‘La Roja pushes aside Les Bleus in the semi-final’.

Kylian Mbappe was handed a 3/10 rating by L’Equipe as he failed to impress again at Euro 2024

France left back Theo Hernandez was handed the worst rating as he picked up just 2/10

France left back Theo Hernandez was handed the worst rating as he picked up just 2/10

Le Parisien claimed Les Blues ‘reached their glass ceiling’ against Spain, which ultimately led to their elimination.

Meanwhile, in terms of L’Equipe’s brutal ratings, star man Mbappe failed to impress again despite assisting Kolo Muani’s goal and the Real Madrid star was given a 3/10 rating, with the French outlet claiming he was ‘too often powerless (and) wasted good shots’.

It wasn’t much better for Mbappe’s fellow attackers, as Ousmane Dembele also scored a 3/10 after ‘too many imprecisions’, while Kolo Muani was given just 4/10 despite his goal, with L’Equipe saying ‘he never managed to exist’ after putting France ahead.

The overall average mark for France was 3.6/10 in a dire indication of their performance and exit.

Mike Maignan and Dayot Upamecano both scored 4/10, while Jules Kounde picked up a 5/10 even though he deflected Olmo’s decisive effort into his own net.

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