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Deschamps: Jamaica win the best possible World Cup preparation

The France manager believes the manner of his team's victory in Lille was the perfect way to prepare for the World Cup.

France coach Didier Deschamps says thrashing Jamaica in the team's final pre-World Cup friendly was the best way to prepare for Brazil.

Les Bleus put eight past Jamaica without reply - their biggest win since demolishing Azerbaijan 10-0 in their Euro 1996 qualifier - much to the delight of the expectant home crowd in Lille on Sunday. 

Deschamps was pleased with the impressive display of attacking and attractive football by his players and said it was the perfect send-off for the team before the World Cup.

“It's good for everyone, for the players. Scoring eight goals is never easy. Some say it was just because of the opposition, Jamaica. But in their last match, they did not take slaps,” Deschamps told L’Equipe. "This is a very good evening full of confidence, but without leaving an excess of confidence either. It is a good way to conclude our preparations."

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored two goals and created a further two from the left flank – a position usually occupied by the injured Franck Ribery – while Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud started up front against Jamaica.

Deschamps was delighted to see the two strikers work well together but insisted that he has other attacking options that he may explore in Brazil.

"I wanted to see them together but it's not [just] about the two. There is too much focus on the relationship between Olivier and Karim but there is also Mathieu [Valbuena] and others," Deschamps said. "It can work. Today Karim and Olivier are in excellent physical condition so they can play better together."

Les Bleus fans are hoping the team will redeem itself at this summer’s World Cup after its dismal elimination from the group stage four years ago in South Africa.

France’s disastrous campaign in 2010 was characterized by then-coach Raymond Domenech struggling to deal with a player revolt at its training base in Knysna.

Since overcoming a difficult playoff contest against Ukraine last year, however, the mood in the French public about the national side has seemingly changed. 

And goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says the players are thriving from the support.

"The climate is good. We went to get the serenity through the results and our dynamic. I will not hide any more – the climate of trust and dialogue with the [French] public has freed us," Lloris said.

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