New France manager wants improved behaviour from squad

Didier Deschamps
France manager Didier Deschamps. Photo: PA

France coach Didier Deschamps has warned his players he will not tolerate misbehaviour.

Les Bleus have been dogged by controversies over the last few years, the latest coming last week when Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez were handed international suspensions after a disciplinary hearing into their conduct during Euro 2012.

Manchester City midfielder Nasri was banned for three matches after an expletive-laden rant at reporters following the quarter-final defeat by Spain, while Paris St Germain winger Menez received a one-game ban as punishment for confrontations with both Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli and his own goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The unsavoury incidents brought back memories of France's shambolic 2010 World Cup campaign, when Les Bleus crashed out at the group stage after the players refused to train following the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka.

On that occasion, Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan were hit with bans of varying lengths by the French Football Federation.

Deschamps, who took over from Laurent Blanc after Euro 2012, will not stand for anything less than "ideal" conduct from his players.

He told French newspaper Le Progres: "I sincerely hope that everyone has a great attitude and behaviour. I want players to have ideal behaviour.

"If there are some who have not, it's not me who will punish them - they will condemn themselves.

"The role of any trainer or coach is to define a framework. The better defined that is, the better.

"We must obviously comply, and be very careful. I have told the players about the rules of life, and among the squad, which must be respected."

The 43-year-old former Marseille boss added: "There are two important things: the notion of pleasure, to represent France, wearing the shirt; and a parallel, a spirit. Being a France international, it must be above everything, even for players who play for big clubs and big games."

Deschamps, who captained Les Bleus to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 triumphs, will name his first squad next Thursday ahead of the August 15 friendly against South American champions Uruguay in Le Havre.