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Giroud vows France will be better at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Olivier Giroud has vowed that France will perform better in the 2018 World Cup in Russia than the team did at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Les Bleus were eliminated by Germany at the quarter-final stage four years ago and, despite exacting revenge at Euro 2016, Didier Deschamps’s side subsequently lost the final on home soil to Portugal.

Deschamps has a host of star names to call on in Russia and Chelsea striker Giroud is confident that France can improve on their last World Cup adventure.

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"We are competitors, we are going to do better than in 2014,” Giroud told SFR Sport.

The French Football Federation has targeted reaching the semi-finals and Giroud says getting past the last four will be a huge incentive for the players.

He added: “The goal given by the Federation is to go to the semi-finals, But, five days before the final, you will try your hardest, do not calculate, do not think, and go for it."

France have not been past the quarter-final stage at the World Cup since they were runners-up in 2006, even finishing bottom of their group in South Africa in 2010.

Their route to the semi-finals this year is fraught with dangers as, after the group stage, Deschamps’s team could run into the likes of Argentina, Croatia, Spain, Uruguay, and Portugal.