France can do better, promises Kante

France's uninspiring performances culminated in the side being jeered from the field against Denmark, but N'Golo Kante expects improvement.

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N'Golo Kante has backed France to step up a gear and improve on their underwhelming early World Cup performances.

France came through Group C with seven points, conceding only once, but its array of stars failed to light up the tournament in a trio of uninspiring displays.

A goalless draw with Denmark – the only stalemate of the finals in Russia – saw both sides jeered off the pitch and there is an expectation that Didier Deschamps' men must be better against a Lionel Messi-led Argentina.

But, Kante believes that the circumstances and opposition were to blame for the Denmark match, with both teams happy to accept a point and progress.

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"I think we can do better and we will improve in the next game. We all knew it was a special game against Denmark, because we knew all we needed was a draw," the Chelsea man said.

"We played against a very well-organised team, very good defensively. The tempo was slow and that's why we played this kind of game. But, we can do better."

"The quality of the game sometimes depends on the opposition. Denmark was a special game. We can improve and be better and we will prepare for the game in the best way."

"On the pitch, I didn't feel the booing was for us. It was just for the slow tempo of the game at the end. We can understand supporters want to see goals and a spectacle, but sometimes both teams are focused on what they need and we can be happy to have finished first in the table."

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