France coach Deschamps: 'We do not look behind us'

The national team coach says Les Bleus can't "erase what happened in 2010" but are putting it firmly in the past.
Didier Deschamps has demanded ambition from France at the World Cup this summer after a disastrous performance in 2010.

Les Bleus were eliminated in the group stage in Sourth Africa, four years after they were beaten at the final hurdle by Italy. The Frenchman, who captained his nation to World Cup victory on home soil in 1998, says players will not linger on the awful showing.

"France must have the ambition to be the most competitive possible," Deschamps told "We will go to Brazil with the urge to go as far as possible. No one can erase what happened in 2010. This will be part of the story. But we do not look behind us. The important thing is the World Cup and Euro 2016 in France that will follow."

France has been drawn alongside Honduras, Ecuador and Switzerland in Group E of the World Cup, after qualifying via a playoff against Ukraine in a 3-2 aggregate win.

"It is a great satisfaction to have reached the goal and have experienced great emotions at the Stade de France," Deschamps said. "It makes me very happy that many French people were behind us. The press can write and say many things, but the people, my staff and I believe in the players."