Blanc: France still trails Spain, Germany, Dutch

JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer Published:

CLAIREFONTAINE, France (AP) -- Despite France's improvement to remain undefeated in its past 17 matches, coach Laurent Blanc is under no illusions how far behind his team still trails sides like Spain and Germany.

France plays Germany in a friendly on Wednesday in what will be a further test of how far it has progressed since Blanc took over following a disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign which plummeted French football to an all-time low.

France has beaten Brazil and England in friendlies but was labored in European Championship qualifying, only sealing advancement on the final day after tense 1-1 home draw against Bosnia.

Blanc said Monday that "our game is less developed than Spain, Germany or the Netherlands, that is a certainty."