World Football

David Trezeguet: The Rodney Dangerfield of French Football

Ryan DroegeSenior Writer IMay 18, 2008

David Trezeguet will not take part in the 2008 European Championships.

The same David Trezeguet who scored a golden goal in the 2000 European Championship? The same David Trezeguet from the 1998 World Cup championship team?

Yes, that David Trezeguet.

It's no secret that Trezeguet and coach Raymond Domenech aren't the best of pals, but it's borderline irresponsible for Domenech to keep leaving France's third all-time scorer off of his roster. He's only had five caps since the 2006 World Cup.

It would be understandable, or at least arguable, if Trezeguet's form has been lacking. However, 20 goals in 34 appearances in Serie A is not lacking form.

I understand that given Karim Benzema's incredible success this year in Ligue 1, it would be impossible to leave him out. But to replace Trezeguet with Bafetimbi Gomis? Taking nothing away from the St. Etienne forward, but he doesn't have a single cap to his name! Trezeguet has 70, and 34 goals as well.

I just don't understand why a coach would diminish his team over a personal dislike of a player. Maybe there's something more to their relationship that I don't know.

But it's just foolish to kick a proven winner off a roster in favor of a rookie with no goals or experience. Especially when it's the first major tournament you've been in since the crushing defeat at the 2006 World Cup.

I wish France the best of luck in Euro 2008; but if they get knocked out because of a lack of depth in the attacking third, then it may be the end of the line for M. Domenech.

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