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.

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.

French media lambast Les Bleus

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.

Domenech puts faith in Malouda to contain French revolution

France v Mexico; Today, 7.30pm, BBC1

Lacklustre France held to draw by 10-man Uruguay

France 0 Uruguay 0

Mullins grateful for his shot at final redemption

The Pompey defender can atone for Cup suspension with West Ham four years ago

Ballack relaxed about Chelsea future

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack remains relaxed about his contract situation and admits he is not alone in wondering if he will still be at Stamford Bridge next season.

Henry not assured of World Cup place

Raymond Domenech has refused to give assurances over Thierry Henry's place in France's 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Nicolas Anelka: No reason to feel blue

Charming, happy – is this really Nicolas Anelka? Mark Fleming meets a man confident of ending his 10-year wait for silverware

Chelsea beat Preston to advance in FA Cup

FA Cup Round-Up

Lampard urges Chelsea to retain Cole

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has urged the club's hierarchy to do everything within their power to keep Joe Cole at Stamford Bridge.

Clubs on alert as Cole talks stall

Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are taking a keen interest in Chelsea's contract talks with Joe Cole according to reports.

Cole not up to scratch, says Ancelotti

Chelsea manager insists midfielder needs confidence boost to ignite his season

Lampard hails Chelsea trio

Frank Lampard has named Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka as the three players who have helped Chelsea impress this season.

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