Didier Deschamps says ‘France not ready yet’

Didier Deschamps France manager

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France boss Didier Deschamps has revealed that his squad is still ‘not ready yet’ as they continue to prepare for the World Cup in Brazil, following a 3-0 victory over Norway.

Olivier Giroud staked a real claim for a starting role at the showpiece competition, netting twice in what was a comfortable fixture.

The Arsenal striker took his international tally to nine goals in 28 appearances as he looks to put himself in the driving seat for a starting berth.

Deschamps has called up three frontmen to take to South America, QPR’s Loic Remy came off the bench to score, while Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema was rested.

Marseille winger Mathieu Valbuena also played a key role in the victory at the Stade de France as he provided assists for the three goals.

The France boss insists there is a good morale in the camp but believes they still have a lot of work to do if they are going to try and go the distance.

Deschamps said: “We are not yet ready, but there is a collective hunger and a real togetherness about the players. One must not lose sight of our ultimate target, but our performance reflected the work we have already done.”

The 1998 World Cup winners take on Paraguay on Sunday before facing Jamaica in their final warm-up match on June 8.

The European outfit, who are priced at 1.63 to win Group E, have been drawn along with Ecaudor, Honduras and Switzerland.

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