Part of the reason the French are so reliant on Ribery to create something is because Govou is playing on the opposite flank. His scoring record isn’t great for his nation, and this showed when he stabbed an early chance wide of the target when it would have been easier to score.
His last international goal came in September 2008 as France lost 3-1 to Austria at home. This, coupled with Nicolas Anelka’s indifferent scoring record, means that it’s tough to see where the goals are coming from in this side.
Florent Malouda was given a brief cameo at the end and he arguably demonstrated a greater threat than Govou did for the 80 minutes he had on the pitch.