Aurelien Tchouameni warned “a group is being born” after France edged out England 2-1 to reach the World Cup semi-finals.
Les Bleus are the first reigning champions to reach the last four since Brazil in 1998, as Olivier Giroud settled a tight affair with 12 minutes remaining after a Harry Kane penalty cancelled out Tchouameni’s earlier 25-yard effort at Al Bayt Stadium.
Didier Deschamps’ side suffered a late scare when England were awarded a second spot-kick six minutes from time, only for Kane to blaze high over Hugo Lloris’ goal.
Tchouameni told beIN SPORTS: “We are getting stronger. A group is being born, we feel good, we must continue.
“We suffered – it’s the World Cup, we played a very good English team. We managed to win, we are happy.”
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Meanwhile, Adrien Rabiot hailed the togetherness in the France group, with Morocco up next in the last four on Wednesday.
“[I feel] pride, proud of this team, this group,” the midfielder said. “There is joy. We have suffered, we have shown that we can be united and in solidarity.
“We were warned and prepared, we knew they would be committed. We responded with our weapons. It’s an incredible moment. It is a moment of communion, as from the beginning, that carries us.
“More and more people are behind us and believe in it. We feel that there is something to be done. Even when we are in trouble, nothing can happen to us.”