FIFA World Cup 2010: France In Shambles As Players Refuse To Train

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FIFA World Cup 2010: France In Shambles As Players Refuse To Train
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After striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home, you got the feeling that this World Cup wasn't going to go well for France who finished as runners-up in 2006 but now you know it for sure.

Today two days before their final match against South Africa, a must win game for them the French players have refused to train.

Captain Patrice Evra got the "mutiny" underway when he and fitness coach Robert Duverne had to be separated by soon to be former manager, Raymond Domenech.

Following the incident the other 21 French players and Evra got back onto the team bus and left.

France's Football Federation's Managing Director responded by quitting his post leaving the French in even more shambles then before.

Anelka's spat with Domenech a day earlier gained much media coverage.

During halftime of France's 2-0 loss to Mexico, Anelka allegedly verbally insulted Domenech and was asked to apologize but he refused and was sent home.

The "war of words" was allegedly started when Domenech criticized Anelka for being out of position.

Chelsea teammate John Terry has come to Anelka's defense saying that, "As a person, you won't find a better man in football, " and that, "he's someone who's very quiet, obviously he's been in the game a long time, and he knows his football. If Nico had something to say to me, I'd stand up and listen."

These turn of events are quite shocking especially coming from a French team that was, as mentioned earlier, the runner-up just four years earlier under Domenech.

But, after many French people expressed their distaste for Domenech, and he was later replaced by Bourdeaux manager Laurent Blanc who is set to take over once France is eliminated, it seemed like only a matter of time before France would go crashing out of this World Cup.

France's chances of advancing are out of their hands at this point with them needing a huge win over South Africa and for there to be a result in the Mexico-Uruguay match.

However, it's likely that France will not advance as not only do Mexico and Uruguay need a draw to make the French's game irrelevant the French have also yet to score a goal.

A 0-0 draw to Uruguay and a 2-0 loss to Mexico did show that the French could create some chances but they have yet to capitalize on one of their opportunities and have looked old especially when striker Thierry Henry is on the field.

If the French expect to advance they'll need to prepare, because if they don't they could end up giving South Africa a slim chance at advancing to the Round of 16 and increasing the likelihood that we'll be hearing even more vuvuzelas.

France (National Football)

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