France captain Hugo Lloris calls for calm ahead of World Cup and new era for Les Bleus
France travel to Brazil tomorrow determined to erase the horrendous memory of their last World Cup campaign.
Four years ago in South Africa, France imploded. They failed to win a match in their group and lost to both Mexico and the host nation.
Off the pitch, manager Raymond Domenech was accused by Zinedine Zidane of losing control of the players and Patrice Evra was involved in a row with fitness chief cheap nfl jerseys china Robert Duverne that led to the players refusing to train.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was part of that squad and as the present captain, he wants no repeat.
Instead, he has called on the players to maintain the commitment shown in the match that secured a place in the finals.
Last November France were involved in a play off against Ukraine and went into the second leg 2 0 down. But a wholesale nhl jerseys 3 0 win saw them through and the message from Lloris is: "More of the same."
"We need to be pro active, not have to react," said Lloris, who is impressed by the methods of coach Didier Deschamps a World Cup winner in 1998. "We must keep that spirit of last November. And what we need to nfl jerseys china do is start well.
That first match will be in Porto Alegre against Honduras followed by a clash with Switzerland five days later. France's final group game is against Ecuador on June 25.
"But what we have is a young team and a team without superstars," said Lloris. "And I hope this is the start of a new era for the French team."
Under Deschamps, it has been made clear that no one is bigger than the team. And that would explain the cheap nfl jerseys absence of Samir Nasri. A delegation of players made their feelings known about the Manchester City midfielder and clearly their views were heard.
Lloris preferred to look forward rather than back and added: "It is about the team, not individuals. This group of players is very positive and we also cheap nhl jerseys have a very young team."