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Didier Deschamps to remain as France head coach

Ross Jackson
Didier Deschamps will remain as France head coach
Didier Deschamps will remain as France head coach / Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

France head coach Didier Deschamps will retain his role with the national team despite his side's poor showing at Euro 2020.

Having started this summer's competition as hot favourites to win their third European crown, Les Bleus suffered a shock defeat in the last 16 to Switzerland.

After navigating their way out of the so-called 'group of death' where they were drawn alongside 2014 World Cup winners Germany and reigning European champions Portugal, Deschamps' men were handed a seemingly favourable draw against Vladimir Petkovic's side.

Having taken a 3-1 lead with just 15 minutes of normal time remaining, France conceded two late goals to take the tie into extra-time, and after a goalless 30 minutes they were dumped out of the competition as Yann Sommer denied star man Kylian Mbappe in the penalty shootout.

Despite the underwhelming campaign and reports that Zinedine Zidane would be keen to take on the role, Le Figaro now report (via Get French Football News) that Deschamps will remain as the national team head coach.

President of the FFF (French Football Federation) Noel Le Graet was asked whether Deschamps would be France manager at the Qatar World Cup in 2022 and he provided a definitive response.

"The answer is yes," he said. "I received it at length on Wednesday in Guingamp. The matter was settled in three minutes. His will is very strong to continue, mine was too. There was no debate on 'what are we doing' and 'how do we do it?'."

Since taking the reins as France manager following the departure of Laurent Blanc in 2012, Deschamps has helped to transform the fortunes of his national team.

After suffering the heartbreak of finishing as beaten finalists at Euro 2016 - a competition France hosted - they were crowned World Cup winners just two years later in Russia as they secured just their second ever World Cup triumph.