Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit has slammed France boss Raymond Domenech's decision to omit Patrick Vieira from Saturday's World Cup play-off against Ireland.
Petit won the Premier League and FA Cup with Vieira when the duo were part of Arsene Wenger's all-conquering Arsenal side in 1998 - and also lifted the World Cup with France the same year.
And Petit, 39, is amazed Domenech has left his good friend Vieira, now at Inter Milan, out of both legs of the play-off on Saturday and next Wednesday.
Petit, who retired in 2005, said: 'The Irish players are based with English clubs and all know Patrick. They know what an impact he makes.'When you are up against someone who has made your life a misery for years, you lose confidence in yourself.'Raymond Domenech has chosen to deprive himself of Vieira's experience and vast knowledge of British football. Patrick ought to have at least been in the squad.
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'There is no French player better than him in his position. He is a competitor with lots of pride and self-confidence.'
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