Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says France’s World Cup meltdown was a blessing in disguise for the nation’s footballers.
Cantona, who won 45 caps for France, has claimed the team’s in-fighting would have taken a sinister turn had they not flown home after the group stages.
Cantona, 44, said: “It is a good thing that the France team returned when it did. Had they stayed out there another week, they would have ended up eating one another.
Thankfully we have avoided an outbreak of cannibalism.”
Cantona also welcomed the arrival of Laurent Blanc, himself a former United player, as Raymond Domenech’s replacement.
He added: “Laurent is a great coach. He will lift the France team out of its current troubles.”