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

The Ukraine attacker is eagerly anticipating the tie against the 1998 world champions, but has insisted that a tough task awaits
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' 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 Devic has insisted 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," the Metalist Kharkiv striker told the official Fifa 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."

Friday's first leg in Kiev is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.