Blanc Blanks Les Bleus Squad

23 07 2010

New France boss Laurent Blanc has sensationally axed all 23 members of France’s World Cup squad for their upcoming game against Norway.

The French were woeful throughout the summer and failed to register a win in a group that many believed they should have won with the players at their disposal. The on-field troubles were shocking enough but they surpassed themselves by staging a strike in training to show their anger at Nicholas Anelka being sent home after a bust-up with then boss Raymond Domenech. To add to this further, it is believed that a fight broke out between captain Patrice Evra and a member of the coaching staff.

Blanc has submitted a request, which has been accepted, to the French Football Federation that all members of the World Cup squad be suspended for the friendly with Norway.

A statement on the FFF official website read: “Laurent Blanc met this Friday, July 23, with the federal council, to whom he presented his staff and his sporting project.

“He also proposed to the federal council, who accepted, not to retain for the friendly against Norway, on Wednesday August 11 in Oslo, any of the 23 players officially selected by the French Football Federation for the World Cup in South Africa.

“Laurent Blanc will release the list of players retained for this match against Norway on Thursday August 5 at 11.30.”

Mark Jepson

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