Legend Zinedine Zidane has angrily criticised Raymond Domenech after Les Bleus flopped against Uruguay.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid star helped his nation lift the 1998 World Cup and led them to the final once again in 2006.
Zidane’s international career ended in dramatic fashion that night, after he was dismissed for headbutting Marco Materazzi and France were defeated by Marcello Lippi’s Italy.
Four years on, and with Domenech still at the helm, the 37-year-old is once again a frustrated spectator as the Group A side struggle to regain their former glory.
“They didn’t play together and it was more a case of individual efforts,” Zidane said in the wake of France’s goalless opening-day draw. “The players must take responsibility for themselves, move themselves. You have to be straight with each other.”
Zidane also lashed out at his former coach, accusing Domenech, who will be replaced by Laurent Blanc after SA2010, of failing to get the best from his players.
“He is not a coach,” he declared. “He picked his squad and he has to make them play together. You must put your ego to one side and work together. Teamwork is the most important thing, and that’s not what we saw during the match.”