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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has jumped to the defence of Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra over France's World Cup meltdown. New York Red Bull signing Henry does not feel Manchester United’s Evra, who took the captain’s armband from Henry, is as much the villain of the piece as he has been portrayed. Chelsea icon Marcel…
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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…
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France striker Nicolas Anelka - sent home from the squad in disgrace - claims all Les Bleus players were in favour of striking. The Chelsea forward was at the centre of the France World Cup scandal, having been given his marching orders by the French Football Federation following a bust-up with coach Raymond Domenech. The…
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Laurent Blanc officially takes over while France legend Lilian Thuram calls for captain Patrice Evra to be banned. France finished bottom of Group A, managing to win a solitary point in a 0-0 draw against Uruguay while suffering defeats to Mexico and South Africa in their other matches. However their poor performances on the pitch…
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France captain Patrice Evra says he will lay bare all the problems inside their World Cup camp. Raymond Domenech's team lost 2-1 to South Africa today to finish bottom of Group A with one point from their three matches. Their campaign has been as troubled off the pitch with Nicolas Anelka sent home in disgrace…
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France are set to fly their players home in ECONOMY CLASS after a disastrous World Cup campaign. The French Football Federation is prepared to fly the players home from South Africa in economy seats. It is understood that the FFF chose to humiliate their players after their disastrous tournament came to an end with a…
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World Cup 2010 - Group A highlights France 1-2 South Africa highlights Venue Bloemfontein 22 June 2010 kick off:16:00 CET France vs South Africa line-ups: France: 1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Bacary Sagna, 5-William Gallas, 17-Sebastien Squillaci, 22-Gael Clichy; 18-Alou Diarra, 19-Abou Diaby, 8-Yoan Gourcuff, 7-Franck Ribery; 11-Andre-Pierre Gignac, 9-Djibril Cisse. South Africa: 1-Moeneeb Josephs; 5-Anele Ngcongoa, 20-Bongani…
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Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra may stand down as France captain for their final World Cup group game. The 2006 finalists’ embarrassing World Cup campaign went from bad to worse on Monday, there was a suggestion in France that captain Evra may be considering his stance ahead of the game against South Africa. Asked if…
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France's World Cup in-fighting has reached Presidential level, with Nicolas Sarkozy intervening in the row. Le Bleus players went on strike on Sunday over the decision by the French Football Federation to send Nicolas Anelka home. Although they were due to train on Monday ahead of Tuesday's clash with South Africa, fall-out from the affair…
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France World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu has blasted Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka. Lizarazu has slammed Anelka after his performance against Mexico. Lizarazu said: “What bothers me is Nicolas Anelka’s performance in the first half. I saw a player strolling ... strolling in the World Cup. He wasn’t aggressive, wasn’t interested. Domenech took him off at…
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Nicolas Anelka has been sent home from the French World Cup squad after refusing to apologise for his half-time rant at Raymond Domenech. Anelka was asked to apologise by French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes and, upon refusing to do so, was asked to leave the squad. The Chelsea forward was apparently criticised by Domenech…
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France captain Patrice Evra is "disgusted" with his country's World Cup campaign. In an unusually emotional interview after Les Bleus 2-0 defeat to Mexico on Thursday night, Evra admitted that chances of progression to the second round were virtually zero. France have failed to score at SA2010, drawing 0-0 with Uruguay and crashing to the…