Deschamps: Iceland deserved England win

Date published: Saturday 2nd July 2016 6:55

Didier Deschamps France

France coach Didier Deschamps insists the hosts will not underestimate the threat of Iceland when the nations meet in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 on Sunday night.

Outsiders Iceland have progressed to the last eight after upsetting England in the previous round, having advanced through Group F in second spot.

The tournament debutants are yet to lose a game but will again be long shots to beat France at the Stade de France.

Les Bleus came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland last Sunday and have still yet to truly hit top gear as they look to claim their third European Championship crown.

The last time the sides met, before Euro 2012, France came from two goals behind at half-time to win 3-2 and Deschamps insists they know Iceland pose a threat.

“We have a lot of respect for everything Iceland have achieved and are achieving at the moment,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“They have a team which includes players from the Premier League and they’re not small-time players. They’re not here by chance.

“They’ve not stolen anything to get to this point. They’ve done great things and they deserved to beat England in the last 16 because of what they produced on the pitch.”

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