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Domenech slams France trio

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has slammed a number of high-profile France internationals in his memoirs.

Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri and Nicolas Anelka have all been criticised in Domenech's book which is based on the diary he kept during his six years in charge of France from 2004 to 2010.

That includes France's disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa when the players refused to take part in a training session at one point.

That boycott was in support of Anelka after he was dismissed from the squad for verbally abusing Domenech at half-time in the 2-0 group stage defeat to Mexico.

"He killed the group," Domenech said of Anelka.

However, Domenech acknowledges that everything was going wrong long before the incident and said he had been "mistaken" about the players he called up for the tournament, especially Ribery.

"He was prone to take offence at everything", said Domenech. "A senior player at the 2008 Euro finals had warned me about Ribery but I gave him the keys of the team. What a fool I am."

Domenech also takes a swipe at Nasri and Karim Benzema, branded an "arrogant" person, who were both dropped from the squad before the World Cup.

"I did not call up Nasri in 2010 because I had the same problems with him two years before. He always points at anything that can trouble the group - in that he is no use in a squad," he said.