Raymond Domenech has assumed at least part responsibility for France’s dramatic World Cup exit in South Africa, conceding that he picked the wrong players for the task in the first place.
Eyebrows were raised when Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Sevilla’s Julien Escude and in-form Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri were all omitted from his panel of 23 players to travel to the competition, and now Domenech has accepted that some of his critics may have been right in the first place.
The former coach, who has made way for Laurent Blanc, whose appointment is expected to be formalised on Friday, spoke in front of the National Assembly regarding the debacle on Wednesday. Though his words were behind closed doors on that occasion, he has since told the media that errors were made.
“The portrayal of France is unacceptable,” he confessed. “I do not know the bond between the individuals and I assume my responsibilities. I regret that I was mistaken in choosing the players I took in the list of 23.”
Les Bleus embarrassed themselves on and off the field in South Africa as a series of debacles, including a strike from the players, led to their elimination from the group stages.
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