Didier Deschamps

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Didier Deschamps: France’s head coach  has been able to make  big calls because of the remarkable array of individual talent available to him.  Photograph: Franck FireAFP/Getty

The wider country may be locked in a battle just now over the attempt by its president to impose what is politely described as reform but as Didier De(...)

Jeff Hendrick has not travelled with the Ireland squad to Paris. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman is one of only four survivors from the starting XI who faced France in Euro 2016 in contention for Monday’s(...)

 Jose Mourinho has dropped record signing Paul Pogba in recent weeks. Photograph: PA

The France coach, Didier Deschamps, says Paul Pogba “cannot be happy” with his treatment at Manchester United. Pogba, who has been called up by Desc(...)

Seamus Coleman rises highest in the last-16 clash between Ireland and France at Euro 2016. Photograph: Inpho

The Republic of Ireland will return to the Stade de France stadium to face France in an international friendly game this summer. Martin O’Neill’s te(...)

General view after the draw for the 2018 World Cup was completed. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

An opening game between what are ostensibly the two weakest sides at the tournament may not have been quite what the organisers of next summer’s World(...)

Luxembourg players celebrate after their goalless draw with France. Photograph: Fred Lancelot/Reuters

France coach Didier Deschamps preferred to retain a positive outlook despite seeing his star-studded side held to a shock goalless draw at home by min(...)

France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring with former Monaco teammate Thomas Lemar. Photograph: Reuters

France steamrollered Holland 4-0 with the help of goals from Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe as they edged closer to qualification for next summer’s Wo(...)

Alexandre Lacazette: Lyon striker could be on his way to Arsenal. Photograph: Getty

Arsenal are hopeful of securing highly-rated France striker Alexandre Lacazette after lodging a club record bid worth €50 million, a fee likely to pr(...)

Zinedine Zidane: Looking to become the first manager to retain the European Cup since AC Milan’s Arrigo Sacchi in 1990. Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane was late. On the Juventus team bus, Carlo Ancelotti consulted his watch. Then he did so again. And again. One of Ancelotti’s qualities(...)

Mamadou Sakho: “I have learned in life you should never look back over your shoulder, wondering what might have been. That is the past. Always look forward, at the next challenge. It’s life.”

For Mamadou Sakho, there is no satisfaction to be had in vindication. He has known for over a year he had done nothing wrong, and that the fat burner (...)

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