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.

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.

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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.

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Lampard urges Chelsea to retain Cole

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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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