Didier Deschamps hailed France’s first-half showing in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Denmark at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.
The Euro 2016 hosts were in fine form prior to the break as Alexandre Lacazette opened his international account before Olivier Giroud doubled the lead.
France perhaps should have enjoyed a healthier lead at the break and were almost made to pay when Stephane Ruffier was forced into two smart second-half saves from Lars Jacobsen and Nicklas Bendtner.
Deschamps, whose side next face Belgium and Albania in June, told TF1: “We did better things in the first half.
AC Milan defender Nigel de Jong has revealed that he has yet to make a decision on his future as his contract at San Siro draws to a close.
The highly rated footballer will be a free agent at the end of the season and he has not been offered a new contract from the Rossoneri.
There will be quite a few top European sides ready to join the race for his signature if De Jong decides to leave AC Milan, but the Netherlands star is still considering his options.
“I haven’t decided yet and I don’t know when I will make that decision,” De Jong told NUsport.
Edinson Cavani’s penalty was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Uruguay against Morocco on Saturday in a game that represented Oscar Tabarez’s last chance to assess his options before selecting his squad for this year’s Copa America.
Uruguay – defending Copa America champions after victory in 2011 – were once again without Barcelona star Luis Suarez, still banned from competitive international duty following his bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, and they had to withstand sustained Morocco pressure in the first half.
Karim El Ahmadi and Nordin Amrabat both went close for the hosts before Abderrazak Hamdallah hit the post on the stroke of half-time.
Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Red Devils are actively searching for defensive reinforcements and they appear to be readying a summer bid for the Austrian centre-back.
Manchester United scouts have been watching the 24-year-old on regular basis this season, but Arsenal and Roma are reportedly keen as well.
Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels remains the priority target for the Red Devils, but they also need to have a back-up plan ready in case the Germany star is not available for sale.
Harry Kane made an instant impact in an England shirt as Roy Hodgson’s men cruised to a comfortable 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Lithuania.
The previously uncapped Tottenham forward dominated the build-up to the Wembley fixture, but was made to wait for a first start as he was named among the substitutes on Friday.
However, within 79 seconds of having come on as a 71st-minute replacement for captain Wayne Rooney, Kane had opened his England account by heading in from a Raheem Sterling cross.
England dominated from the off and, after hitting the post early on, Rooney broke the deadlock with a simple header.
Liverpool, Spurs keen on Llorente
Sportmediaset is reporting that Premier League giants Liverpool and Tottenham are among clubs showing interest in Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.
The Bianconeri appear ready to cash on on the Spaniard as they plan to recruit a new centre forward, with Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani the first names on their hit-list.
Copa America hosts Chile saw their preparations for the competition hit a bump on Thursday as they were beaten 2-0 by Iran at St Polten’s NV Arena in Austria.
In one of Chile’s final friendlies before they open the South American showpiece against Ecuador in June, Jorge Sampaoli saw his side fall to goals in either half from captain Javad Nekounam and Vahid Amiri.
Carlos Queiroz’s Iran started brightly and were rewarded after 21 minutes when Nekounam converted Andranik Teymourian’s corner.
Sampaoli, who named Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez on the bench, introduced the latter at the break, although Amiri added to Chile’s frustrations when he doubled Iran’s advantage early in the second half.