Brainsick Raymond Domenech has dropped Arsenal playmaker Samir Nasri from the World Cup squad. Before criticizing Domenech, one must admit that Nasri hasn't had the best of the season.
However, how can anyone drop the 2006-07 best league one player from the 30-man squad? Domenech's team selection was crazy to say the least. He has picked so many worthless players at the cost of talented players like Nasri.
Another surprise was Karim Benzema's failure to nail down a spot, or rather Domenech's decision not to select him.
First off, is Domenech worthy enough to travel to South Africa? Simply no. The team's dismal performances in the Euro Cup and the World Cup qualifying stages were enough to dispatch this dopey manager from his undeserving role as the manager of a pretty talented team.
However, he's still the manager and that's more important. One can't help but wonder after going through the 30-men squad.
Inexperienced players like Yann M'Vila and Mathieu Valbuena were shown the green signal. Hatem Ben Arfa is another surprise addition. How can a player who's not good enough to start for Olympic Marseille on a regular basis play for France at a stage like the World Cup? That's beyond me.
Then comes Andre-Pierre Gignac. He is a popular lad amongst Arsenal fans after being linked with Arsenal last summer. But that was it. He hasn't done anything noteworthy in the recent times to overpower Benzema.
The surprises doesn't end there. Jimmy Briand had a good season with Rennais but is that enough to get the selection ahead of Nasri and Viera? Djibril Cisse, currently playing for Panathanaikos, too has a place in the squad. Maybe France will be the "surprise horses" in this year's World Cup.
Talking about horses, the big, powerful, wealthy madrid horse Real madrid's striker Benzema also missed the horse to South Africa.
Talented striker Benzema failed to oust Higuain as the first-choice striker at Real Madrid. He has endured a tough season but not really a surprise when you play for Real Madrid. He's miles ahead of some of the forwards selected in the 30-man squad. I am not going to name them. Later, why should I risk being responsible for discrediting "legends?"
Although Thierry Henry is weathering tough time at Barcelona, he was duly rewarded for his hand ball against Ireland. That's great selection Domenech! One mustn't forget the sacrifices done by an individual for his nation. In this case, Henry tarnished his good reputation, though.
I felt Nasri did just enough to travel to South Africa. But I was wrong. Perhaps I should've realized that a goof like Domenech was coaching France. Nasri did a decent job in the absence of Fabregas and some of his solo-performances against FC Porto, Portsmouth, and Fulham were outstanding.
Perhaps he should have been little more consistent. But if a player could score a mesmerising goal like the one against FC Porto, he deserves some serious recognition. If that is not enough, his versatility to play at different positions should have given him more chance of getting into the squad ahead of many uni-dimensional players.
Nasri's the future of French football and crazy decision to omit him from the 30-man squad will do nothing good for the French football. Anyway, France is not going anywhere in the World Cup. Most likely their journey will end in the last 16, if not in the group stages itself. But, that doesn't mean you have to neglect players like Nasri and Benzema, who are the future stars of French football.