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Domenech: France squad can't 'see anything past their own noses'

The former Bleus boss has criticized Laurent Blanc's squad for their selfishness after his country crashed out of Euro 2012 amid reports of disharmony

Raymond Domenech has criticized the current France squad for what he perceives to be a lack of togetherness, singling out Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery for specific criticism.

"This generation showed the full extent of its weaknesses," Domenech wrote in his column for French newspaper Ouest France.

"The most glaring being their inability to see anything past their nose. Nasri was the most visible symbol of this."

Les Bleus were eliminated from Euro 2012 against Spain on Saturday amid widespread reports of in-fighting in the wake of their disappointing Group D loss to Sweden.

Domenech, who was in charge of his country between 2004 and 2010, feels that the current crop of French talent displayed their selfishness and lack of camaraderie throughout their unsuccessful campaign.

"The case of Franck Ribery is also symptomatic of the mood. From Kircha to Knysna [France's training bases at the 2010 World Cup], Franck has been affected by his desire to recover his image," he wrote. "In the team, Benzema was alone. He does not stay in attacking positions. He wanted to be the savor. It was an impossible mission for him."

"The substitutes are a group of free masons. Either they strengthen a team, or they destroy it. Menez may as well start a demolition company."

The former Olympique Lyonnais went on to urge the French Football Federation (FFF) to institute a new system for developing young players in the country.

"We must change the philosophy of our sports education and place the collective at the center of the training for future professionals."

Laurent Blanc's side will begin its qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup in September, and must contend with Spain if it is to secure automatic qualification for the tournament.



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