France boss Didier Deschamps reflects on 'satisfactory' night for World Cup 2018 hopefuls

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Didier Deschamps ahead of France's friendly win against Italy.

France manager Didier Deschamps said he is satisfied with his side’s preparations for the World Cup after beating Italy 3-1 in a friendly.

Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored for Les Blues at Allianz Riviera in Nice with Leonardo Bonucci scoring for the Italians.

But Deschamps admits his side still have some work to do before they travel to Russia.

“We conceded more situations in the second period,” Deschamps told TF1.

“We have this ability to go fast and create a lot of opportunities. You have to be more efficient to get away sooner. The players demonstrated the state of mind that is needed in both games.

“A last part of preparation awaits us. I’ll let them go for two days. We need to keep what this group has in terms of ambition and enthusiasm. We do not do everything perfectly, but for the moment it’s satisfactory.”

Italy manager Roberto Mancini was pleased with how his young side dealt with a France team tipped to do well in the World Cup.

“We made a few mistakes, but France are one of the best teams in the world right now and I am satisfied with the performance,” Mancini said.

“It is only natural we have to improve, but I had real hope we’d score for 2-2 at the start of the second half.

“Instead, we misplaced a pass in midfield and France scored on the counter. Our opponents deserved the victory in the end.

“I believe these games, which nobody likes to lose but we assumed could happen, will help players such as Chiesa, Berardi and Caldara to grow both physically and in terms of character. I did not see fear in their eyes before the game.”

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Cyber security experts to advise England team over risk of hackers at World Cup

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Harry Kane will lead the team in Russia.

The England team will be briefed by security experts from GCHQ before heading to the World Cup in Russia on how to stay safe from hackers during the tournament.

Players and staff will be given advice by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on how to keep their devices secure during their stay in Russia.

An FA spokesman said: “We continue to receive security advice from all relevant authorities.”

Technology is likely to play a big part in the players’ downtime during the tournament, with smartphones, tablets, laptops and games consoles expected to be among the devices making the trip.

Several members of the squad, including captain Harry Kane and Dele Alli, are well-known players of online games such as Fortnite.

The NCSC has already issued advice to supporters travelling to Russia for the tournament, urging fans to take as few devices as possible and to ensure those they do take with them are running up-to-date software and apps.

The advice also encourages users to enact password or passcode protection where possible before they go, as well as other security features such as two-factor authentication.

Once abroad, the advice says public and hotel Wi-Fi connections “may not be safe” and users should carefully consider what information they might be sharing when using these connections.

It also warns people not to use unofficial streaming sites while abroad, instead downloading any TV shows and films before they leave.

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Dele Alli could become world football's next big star if he shines in Russia, claims Spurs legend Ricky Villa

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Dele Alli is set to start behind Harry Kane in Russia.

England midfielder Dele Alli is capable of emerging from this summer’s World Cup as a “superstar”, according to Ricky Villa.

Alli is widely recognised as one of the finest talents in Gareth Southgate’s squad but his place in the starting XI is in doubt following, by his standards, a less convincing season with Tottenham.

Jesse Lingard’s significant improvement at Manchester United means he also has a further rival for selection but former Spurs favourite Villa – a World Cup winner with Argentina in 1978 – is adamant Alli has to start.

England’s preparations for Russia 2018 continue on Saturday when they host Nigeria at Wembley, and though it is Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane many expect to inspire Southgate’s team, it is the 22-year-old Alli who Villa predicts will “have a great World Cup”.

“He’s young but at the top; if he plays well in the World Cup he can become a superstar,” the Argentinian told Press Association Sport.

“I prefer that he is in the team. I like this type of player – every time he gets the ball you can expect something different. I’d be disappointed if he’s not in the first team.

“Dele Alli’s another great player, who came to the club very young. (Mauricio) Pochettino worked very hard with him and improved him every day. Now he’s at the top level, so everybody expects so much from him. He can play nice football. I expect him to have a great World Cup and be a top, top player.”

It is largely because of Alli that the 65-year-old Villa expects England to have a good tournament, but he does not consider them among its favourites, and instead believes that reaching the quarter-finals would represent a success.

“My favourite is Brazil,” he said at a Football Whispers event. “The way they play the ball on the floor; Neymar, (Philippe) Coutinho, Willian. They have three or four players who can make a difference anytime.

“Spain play nice football and have great players, and I expect Germany to be there, and Argentina in the last four.

“If England can get into the last four it’ll be great for the English league. It’s a young team this year.

“I expect them to do well, qualify from the first round, but after it’s very difficult to predict. This year they have a nice team – young – and I expect England to do better than at the last World Cup.”

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