France in chaos as furious squad refuses to train

On a training ground called The Field of Dreams French football disintegrated yesterday. The squad first refused to train and then forced their beleaguered manager, Raymond Domenech, to read out a statement condemning the French Football Federation's (FFF) decision to send Nicolas Anelka home. The team director, Jean-Louis Valentin, resigned in tears and the fitness coach, Robert Duverne, after a furious altercation with the team captain, Patrice Evra, was seen storming off the training ground throwing away his whistle and his accreditation.

France send Anelka packing after bust-up with Domenech

Nicolas Anelka left the World Cup in disgrace yesterday after insulting the France coach, Raymond Domen-ech, and refusing to apologise. Anelka launched into an expletive-ridden tirade at Domenech at half-time during the 2-0 defeat by Mexico on Thursday after the coach had criticised the player's attitude on the pitch and decided to substitute him.

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Reaction in France to the national team's 2-0 defeat to Mexico last night which virtually ends their World Cup hopes has been predictably scathing.

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