France boss Didier Deschamps admitted “sometimes you need a bit of luck” after the defending champions beat England to reach the World Cup semi-finals.
Four years after lifting the trophy in Moscow, the Blues offered themselves a chance for a second consecutive final against a surprise Morocco on Wednesday evening.
France secured their return to the Al Bayt Stadium for the semi-final after Harry Kane scored a penalty and missed another in a 2-1 victory against Gareth Southgate’s side.
Aurélien Tchouameni’s excellent strike was canceled out by the England skipper, before Giroud scored his 53rd international goal and Kane fired a late kick.
“England had a very good team,” said France boss Deschamps. “What they showed in terms of their technical ability, their intensity, even though we fought well, it was impressive.
“I regret the fact that we gave them a penalty and then gave them another penalty which they missed, but I also thank my team. We also showed very good things and we can still be dangerous.
“We have great quality and very impressive mental strength, but yes, we have experience. But to a certain extent, the English team also has experience.
“They have young players in their squad, but they are players who play for some of the top clubs in Europe, so we could see they were a good team from the start of this tournament.
“In these very important games it always comes down to very small details and luckily tonight everything went well and we did what we could to make sure we went all the way and won the game. Sometimes it takes a little luck.
Head coach Deschamps’ contract is due to expire after the World Cup in Qatar, where French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet had set his sights on reaching the semi-finals.
The 54-year-old has been in charge of the Blues since 2012 and has not committed to his future as attention turns to Morocco.
“Well, I’ll be manager for the semi-final, you know that, and after that, we’ll see,” Deschamps said. “That’s all.
“Of course, I don’t know everything in advance, but we will solve this problem when it arises.
“It’s great to do what the president has asked me to do and it’s great for me to know he’s happy with it, but I’m sure there are a lot of other people who are happy and thrilled. also.
“So let’s savor this victory. Just four years after our last World Cup victory, we are now in the last four and focusing on Wednesday’s match. I really can’t think of anything else at the moment.”