Blanc suspends World Cup squad

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PARIS -- New France manager Laurent Blanc has decided to suspend the entire 23-man team that took part in this summer's World Cup for their friendly match against Norway next month.

Under the direction of former boss Raymond Domenech, France scored only one goal and earned just a single point from its three group stage matches as Les Bleus finished on the bottom of Group A.

Making matters even worse for France was the fact that the squad refused to train prior to their final match against South Africa in protest of striker Nicolas Anelka being sent home by Domenech after the two exchanged words.

A statement on the French Football Federation website read: "Laurent Blanc met this Friday, July 23, with the federal council, to whom he presented his staff and his sporting project. He also proposed to the federal council, who accepted, not to retain for the friendly against Norway, on Wednesday, August 11 in Oslo, any of the 23 players officially selected by the French Football Federation for the World Cup in South Africa. Laurent Blanc will release the list of players retained for this match against Norway on Thursday August 5."


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