For three decades, the national team seemed immune to the transformation taking place elsewhere in the national game, to the extent that, going into the current World Cup, expectations had never been lower.
Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after German great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.
In advance of England's semifinal against Croatia on Wednesday, the national team's biggest match for 28 years, Roberts appealed for revellers to behave. It gives you the shivers when you think about it.
Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header in the semifinal sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998.
"Now we want to continue until the end", he said.
They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars.
Umtiti was also looking to exorcise the ghosts of Euro 2016.
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"So I did and we won 2-0".
I don't really ever get nervous anyway.
"You will highlight certain players and positions they're likely to take". We would reach the final. "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us".
"We owe them a lot of thanks as well for the way they have supported us".
"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".
England star Dele Alli has spoken of his gratitude for the support of England fans throughout the Three Lions' impressive run in Russian Federation, but feels he is yet to produce his best form at the tournament. "We already managed a set piece like this in the quarterfinals, it worked perfectly".
He used to - but he put a stop to the process when it cost him his job! "I didn't feel like I was playing as well as I should have been, especially in the first half". It is in the knockout rounds that I hit my stride, though, and I hope to continue like this.