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The Bleus boss admits that the controversy of South Africa four years ago cannot be forgotten but insists his side must look to a more harmonious future in Brazil

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

Les Bleus collapsed in 2010 after Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a row with then coach Raymond Domenech, before Patrice Evra led a rebellion that saw the squad refuse to leave the team bus for training.

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

"No one will ever be able to blot out what happened in 2010," he said.

"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 2014]. 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 believes the Manchester City midfielder to be a divisive presence in the squad.

Deschamps went on to say the current squad 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.

“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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