France coach Didier Deschamps stays whatever happens - FFF president

Didier Deschamps will not lose his job if France are knocked out of the World Cup by Argentina on Saturday, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has told L'Equipe.

Deschamps, appointed in 2012, led France to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals, losing to eventual winners Germany, while they were runners-up at Euro 2016.

France's 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning captain has steered the squad through the group stage in Russia, finishing top of Group C, but has tipped former teammate Zinedine Zidane to take over at some point.

He signed a contract extension until 2020 last year, and FFF president Noel Le Graet said he would remain in the role whatever happened.

"I'm convinced it'll go well and Deschamps -- I'm going to nip things in the bud immediately -- has a contract until 2020. He'll be there until 2020," Le Graet said.

"I am in the habit of respecting contracts. Deschamps signed through to 2020, he'll be there whatever happens."

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Deschamps has been criticised by former France teammates who have been disappointed with his team's style of play, notably in the dull 0-0 draw with Denmark on Tuesday -- the World Cup's first goalless game.

Frank Leboeuf claimed the squad "have not understood what football represents in our country", while Christophe Dugarry said: "I can't stand watching this France team play any more."

But Le Graet said: "France, for the moment, has not disappointed anyone. France is going to win. That said, Argentina is a great football country, you shouldn't kid yourself.

"But France is a very complementary team which should comfortably be able to trouble them. The World Cup is starting now. It's a match that is going to test our worth, and France is ready."