French World Cup team fall out, refuse to pass to each other

Henry being dropped sparks player revolt


The Netherlands squad seem to be distinctly chummy this year, so it looks like France will have to implode alone.

With the fuel already doused – lacklustre warm-up games, losing Lassana Diarra to injury, and coach Raymond Domenech having one foot out the door – it appears the spark to set everything off is Thierry Henry.

According to the Daily Mail, “sources close to the French team” have revealed the squad is split over Henry’s substitute role at this year’s World Cup; with the majority demanding the Barcelona striker and Arsenal’s Abou Diaby are put in the starting XI for tomorrow’s match against Uruguay, at the expense of Yoann Gourcuff and Sidney Govou.

It’s even led to players allegedly refusing to pass to each other:

During their recent friendly against Costa Rica, it was suggested that Nicolas Anelka refused to pass to Gourcuff while Franck Ribery is also said to have been selective in his passing during the embarrassing recent defeat by China.

What would you do if you were Domenech? Risk losing the dressing room by not starting Henry and Diaby – or risk losing the match by playing them?

6 responses so far
  • mhirado // June 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Give Abou diaby the nod for sydeny govou and go with gourcuff first. This is all silly though because they could have carried Karim Benzema for Govou and had played a tried and tested combination of Gourcuff and Benzema where they made impact at Lyon two season ago. Domminique seems to be clueless from the very start. France will not last up to the quarters even if the greatest kind of miracle do occur.

  • JC // June 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Do not worry mhirado I will make this miracle occur I just have to bake some bread and pour some wine first…………

  • Nicollers // June 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Who cares!? It’s France!

  • Scotian // June 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    “Gourcuff and Benzema where they made impact at Lyon two season ago”

    who’s clueless ? Gourcuff never played at Lyon…

  • adrian // June 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    i have watched most of france’s warm-up friendlies, as well as followed most of the players for their respective clubs.
    I firmly believe that abou diaby deserves to start, if not at gourcuff’s expense, then at malouda’s (personally i’d start gourcuff, diaby and toulalan).
    Henry should also definitely start in the middle, with anelka to the right and ribery to the left.
    i disagree with the writer of this article in that folding under the pressure of the players will mean losing games. I think that the players for the french squad have a better understanding of international football than does the writer of this article, and if they want diaby and henry to start then it is probably a good thing for the team.

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