The French Football Federation (FFF) have appointed former France international footballer Didier Deschamps as the new coach of the French National football team. A statement from the FFF confirmed the appointment on Sunday.

Deschamps recently left his position as Olympique de Marseille boss amidst speculations that he is the favourite to replace his former team mate, Laurent Blanc who opted not to renew his contract after the quarter final exit at the European championships.

No details about the length of his contract have been disclosed, but his deal is expected to run until the 2014 World Cup, with the option of two further years, taking him through to Euro 2016, which will be played in France.