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France's Karim Benzema as important as Cristiano Ronaldo - Deschamps

Former France international Luis Fernandez speaks about pressure on France as hosts of Euro 2016.
Didier Deschamps and Pierre Mankowski believe former Monaco forward Anthony Martial will succeed with his new club Manchester United.

France coach Didier Deschamps has praised star striker Karim Benzema, saying his team are better when the Real Madrid man is playing.

Benzema, who was linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer, is set to start up front alongside Lyon striker Nabil Fekir in Friday's friendly against Portugal.

"The presence of Karim is very important," Deschamps told a news conference. "He's a top-level player who has international experience.

"He's not going to resolve everything by himself, but Karim is Karim...

Man United's Anthony Martial: It is normal Wayne Rooney didn't know me

New Manchester United forward Anthony Martial claims he is trying to move past the hefty price tag that has surrounded his move from AS Monaco.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down all you need to know about Man United's deadline day teenage signing Anthony Martial.
ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says the timing of new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial makes it clear Louis van Gaal is just trying to beat the transfer window.
With Adnan Januzaj and Javier Hernandez leaving Manchester United this season, perhaps Louis Van Gaal has finally assembled a squad who believe in his philosophy.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson talks to Alison Bender about young signing Anthony Martial, saying he's not sure that the forward will be a star forward for the team, even after he matures.
Bastian Schweinsteiger says Louis Van Gaal hasn't changed since he was first coached by the Dutchman at Bayern Munich.
The ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on the overall success of Manchester United's transfer window.

Manchester United's new signing Anthony Martial admits it is"normal" if Wayne Rooney did not know he was, but has vowed to prove his worth at Old Trafford.

The 19-year-old forward completed a £36 million move to United -- which could cost them up to £58 million -- on Tuesday, and admitted the fee was "crazy."

When reports of United's interest emerged on Sunday, captain Rooney turned to Martial's fellow Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin in an attempt to learn about the prospective signing.


France to face Russia in friendly at Stade de France in March

Didier Deschamps and Pierre Mankowski believe former Monaco forward Anthony Martial will succeed with his new club Manchester United.

PARIS -- France will host Russia next year in a friendly at the Stade de France as part of their preparations for the 2016 European Championship.

It will be the sixth meeting between the two nations, their first since a goalless draw in 2002. The game will be played on March 25, four days after France travel to the Netherlands in another friendly.

As hosts, France are automatically qualified for Euro 2016 and must rely on friendly matches to get ready for the tournament.

Didier Deschamps's team play...

Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben comparison flatters Lyon's Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir scored 13 Ligue 1 goals last season.

Lyon and France attacker Nabil Fekir says it is flattering to be compared to players like Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben.

Fekir, 22, was voted Ligue 1's Young Player of the Year last season after an outstanding first full campaign that saw him chalk up 13 goals and nine assists.

His form led former France international Bernard Lacombe, advisor to Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas, to compare him to Barcelona and Bayern Munich stars Messi and Robben.

Fekir did a good impression of both players last...