September 5th, 2010
11:56 PM ET

France: Identity crisis deepens?

Laurent Blanc's young France squad lacked leadership and experience in their defeat against Belarus.
Laurent Blanc's young France squad lacked leadership and experience in their defeat against Belarus.

As I learned of France’s home defeat against Belarus, I wondered if this was the lowest ever point for French football, and more importantly, how are they going to turn their fortunes around?

Friday’s loss was Les Bleus’ fourth in a row and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for a team that lacks confidence, personality and experience.

I was in South Africa when France’s players decided to strike in protest of the French Football Federation’s (FFF) decision to send Nicolas Anelka home following an altercation with Raymond Domenech. I couldn’t believe that professional athletes would actually refuse to work during a tournament which should represent one of the highlights of their careers. It would have to take a lot of anger and frustration for a group of players to take such a decision.

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