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The national coach admits that the controversy of Les Bleus' World Cup 2010 cannot be forgotten but insists that his side must look to a more harmonious future in Brazil

France coach Didier Deschamps says that there is no escaping the revolt that took place among the squad in South Africa four years ago.

Les Bleus' World Cup campaign collapsed in 2010 after Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a row with then-boss Raymond Domenech before Patrice Evra led a rebellion that saw the team refuse to leave their bus for training.

But while Deschamps says that the episode is a part of the nation's history that can never be forgotten, he believes that it is time put the past behind them.

"No one will ever be able to blot out what happened in 2010," he told the press. "That's going to be part of our history but we have to stop looking at the past. Most important now is to have a unified spirit and a winning mentality.

"We'll have spent several weeks together between the start of our preparations and the end of the [World Cup]. The squad dynamic and the mentality of the players will be essential."

Samir Nasri was left our of the squad by the 45-year-old, who feels that the Manchester City midfielder is a divisive presence in the squad.

Deschamps added that the current group can take strength from their qualification play-off against Ukraine, in which they overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit to roar to a 3-0 victory at home and book their place in Brazil.

"We made a mess of the game [in Ukraine] but we were able to turn it all around at home," he recalled. "Ultimately, it's a huge satisfaction to have reached our goal and to have shared such powerful emotions with our supporters.

"When things are tough, French athletes tend to pull out great performances."

France open their World Cup campaign on Sunday against Honduras before completing their Group E schedule with matches against Switzerland and Ecuador.
 

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