France beat neighbors Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg on Wednesday morning to reach the World Cup final, where they will face either Croatia or England on Monday (AEST). The only goal was scored by defender Samuel Umtiti.

"I saw people celebrating our victory... but the most important match is still ahead," Deschamps said post-match.

"Two years ago, we lost the (UEFA Euro 2016) final (to Portugal), and it was very painful. We want to make people happy. They supported us during the Euro 2016. Now we're not playing at home, we don't feel support so much, but we hope that we'll manage to make our country happy."

Deschamps praised his players saying he was proud of their progress.

"We should give proper respect to the players... We've been preparing for this moment during 14 months, and now 48 hours are left before the final," he added.

"We have a young team - 14 players have never played in a World Cup. They show incredible progress. Today these players looked wonderful, but in 1-2 years they'll be even better. I'm proud of them.".

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.