Vito Doria Date: 8th October 2021 at 12:00pm
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Didier Deschamps has praised AC left-back Theo Hernandez after he scored France’s winner in their 3-2 victory against in the semi-finals.

The French coach wants to see improvements in defence from the 24-year-old but he has been impressed with his attacking play and he is convinced that the defender is more than capable of staying in the Les Bleus squad.

“There is great competition,” Deschamps told Sport Mediaset. “I had been thinking of him for a while. I had always pre-selected him.

“He can play in a back four, he does it at AC Milan. He is an interesting player in the attacking phase, [but] he must grow in the defensive one.

“He has done very well, he has proved himself.”

play Spain in the Nations League Final on Sunday after the Spaniards defeated Italy 2-1 on Wednesday evening and Deschamps admitted that he does not want to face La Furia Roja.

“It is not what I would have preferred,” he said. “Everyone would have imagined an v final because the Belgians are first in the rankings for many years and we came in with two draws.

“But in the end it will be v Spain. Yesterday Spain showed great strengh, made suffer that, however, never gave up.”