MOTIVATION: France head coach Didier Deschamps. Photo: David Vincent/AP

France have been challenged to write their own history after making it to Sunday’s World Cup final.

Les Bleus put in a solid defensive performance to beat the tournament’s top goalscorers Belgium 1-0 in Tuesday night’s semifinal.

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header from a corner settled matters for coach Didier Deschamps’ manne.

France kept it tight and closed down space for Belgium playmakers Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne to exploit.

And they were able to keep their neighbours at bay to get a shot at a second world title in their third Cup final.

It’s an opportunity boss Deschamps is desperate for his team to take.

But the 1998 title-winning captain won’t be telling them inspirational stories of Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Lilian Thuram.

Instead he wants his manne to win this game for themselves after losing to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

He says: “Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago. We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the [2016] final.

“They have to live in their own time - never, ever mention your own history [in 1998].

“The players know it. Some of them were not born. It belongs to other French people who lived through it, but not the younger generation.

“I can’t make comparisons, talk to them about players from 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. I’m here with them today to write a new page in history, the most beautiful page.”

Deschamps hailed his team for their ruthless display, adding: “We showed character and mentality, it was very hard for us.

“We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff.”

Midfielder Paul Pogba was immense for France alongside N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi and the Manchester United player was praised.

His Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho says: “Pogba was mature, he played with maturity when he had, to hold position and keep control of the play he did.

“When Deschamps took off [Olivier] Giroud to bring on [Steven] N’Zonzi, then Pogba had more freedom but had freedom not to do silly things.

“He had freedom to keep the ball away from dangerous areas, to keep the ball, to assist Griezmann for a great chance, he was very very mature.”