France one of the best teams in the world, says Devic

The Ukraine attacker is eagerly anticipating his side's play-off encounter with the 1998 World Cup winners but knows that Didier Deschamps' men pose a tough test
Ukraine striker Marko Devic has warned his team-mates not to underestimate France in their World Cup qualification play-off as he feels Didier Deschamps's men are still among the best teams in the world.

Les Bleus had to settle for second spot in their group behind reigning world and European champions Spain but the Metalist Kharkiv man insists that France start the two-legged tie as top dogs.

"I truly believe in our team but I'm realistic and I think that France are favourites," Devic told Fifa's official website.

"Their players are all based in the leading championships. We're not heading into the unknown, we know exactly what we'll be up against: One of the best teams in the world.

"The whole team and the whole country were disappointed with our Euro 2012 exit but we can't get caught up thinking about that.

"That's in the past and we now have a completely different objective: to qualify for the World Cup. And we'll do everything we can to achieve it."