Hareide tears into France


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Denmark coach Age Hareide believes his side have nothing to fear when they come up against France at this summer’s World Cup.

The two Uefa nations have been drawn in Group C for the finals alongside Australia and Peru, while they are scheduled to meet in their final group match at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 26.

France have been tipped by many to not only win the group, but mount a serious challenge for overall glory in Russia, although that is not a view shared by Denmark coach Hareide, who believes his side have nothing to fear when they come up against Les Bleus.

“I don’t believe in this team,” Hareide told Jyllands-Posten. “The teams at the top of the world rankings are the best in the world, but this is not the case for France.

“I saw France against Sweden in Stockholm. They are nothing special.”

Denmark and France have met 13 times in the past, with Les Bleus claiming eight victories, including in each of their last three clashes.

However, it is the Danes that won their most recent meeting at a World Cup, prevailing 2-0 against the-then defending world champions in 2002.

Both teams will certainly fancy their chances of progressing through to the knockout stages in Russia, with France being priced at 1.30 to win the group, while Denmark are available at 5.25.

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