Carlo backs bad boys to be too good again

Manager insists champions not affected by off-field shenanigans

N'Zogbia called up for France friendly

Wigan midfielder Charles N'Zogbia is aiming to capitalise on the absence of France's World Cup players by impressing new coach Laurent Blanc after being called up for Les Bleus' friendly against Norway next week.

France World Cup squad handed one-match ban

Laurent Blanc, the new France manager, has taken the unprecedented step of suspending all 23 players who made up the World Cup squad for his first game in charge, a friendly against Norway next month, because of their part in Les Bleus' chaotic campaign in South Africa.

Anelka says France team were united over boycott

One might think Nicolas Anelka would want to keep his head down and his mouth shut following his expulsion from the France camp during the country's embarrassing World Cup campaign for insulting the manager, Raymond Domenech. But the striker was back on the attack yesterday, insisting that the whole camp had been united behind him and criticising the former player Bixente Lizarazu for speaking out.

Toulalan admits he was not one of the 'nice guys' in French furore

France midfielder Jérémy Toulalan admitted yesterday he played a direct part in the national squad's boycott of a training session during their disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa and deeply regretted it.

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Blanc takes charge of France and promises clean slate for players

Laurent Blanc has expressed his pride after being unveiled as the France coach yesterday. The former Bordeaux manager was named as Raymond Domenech's successor with the national team at last week's meeting of the French Football Federation's federal council.

Domenech gets a grilling from the French government

The French government yesterday denied any political interference in their national team's affairs but kept debating the side's World Cup debacle amid a suspension threat by Fifa.

Malouda hopeful France can recover

France midfielder Florent Malouda is hoping the appointment of Laurent Blanc can restore Les Bleus' credibility.

Henry set for meeting with Sarkozy

Thierry Henry will meet with France president Nicolas Sarkozy tomorrow following the national team's disastrous World Cup campaign.

Matthew Norman: Let's leave rebellions to the French

Where the England team&rsquo;s range tends to stretch from the inexplicably abysmal to the stolidly competent, Les Bleus are either atrocious or wonderful

Sports minister attacks France squad

Sports minister Roselyne Bachelot has told France's World Cup players they are no longer heroes in the eyes of children.

Domenech lays into 'imbeciles' and prepares to drop ringleaders

Preview: France v South Africa, 3pm, Bloemfontein, ITV1

French players walk out as team director hands in notice

France's erratic World Cup campaign took another twist yesterday when the players walked out of a training session at their Knysna base in South Africa.

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