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‘Dom’ believes that la Furia Roja can go all the way in South Africa having seen them close at hand. He wants his Bleus to sharpen up though...

France head coach Raymond Domenech was impressed by the performance Spain gave at the Stade de France on Wednesday evening in beating his unit 2-0, naming them as potential candidates to claim the World Cup next summer.

First half goals from David Villa and Sergio Ramos put la Furia Roja out of sight by half-time, and the Spaniards looked comfortable throughout the course of the second half as they gave a display of fine technical football.

“Losing is never fun,” Domenech lamented to TF1 at full-time. “Spain have confirmed that they are one of favourites for the World Cup.

“We have seen that to beat Spain everyone must be in tune and above their level. To beat that team [we] must be exceptional. We have not been, although we progressed throughout the game.

“We still have three months of preparation and we will head towards the World Cup.”

Les Bleus were jeered off at full-time, while captain Thierry Henry was also greeted with cries of discontent when he was substituted midway through the second half after producing a disappointing performance.

Moments of true hope were few for France on Tuesday night, though a Florent Malouda header did hit the post late on.