Malouda calls for French unity

06 June 2010 11:59
France midfielder Florent Malouda says his team-mates must not be selfish in their attempts to win the World Cup.

Malouda has accused his colleagues of focusing their interest on their own positions in Raymond Domenech's side rather than what is best for the team.

The Chelsea man believes selfishness cost his team dear in Euro 2008, where Les Bleus finished bottom of their group behind Romania, Italy and the Netherlands.

And the 29-year-old says his side must correct their narrow-minded thinking if they are to be successful in South Africa, with their campaign due to get underway against Uruguay on Friday.

Malouda said in the News of the World: "I am more of a left midfielder with Chelsea but that does not stop me going to the right. When that happens, a team-mate must take my place on the left side.

"You have to create links between players, be interested in others. Not think 'I'm an attacker so I attack and I'm not interested in what the others do'. We are not there to say 'I want to play on the right or in the middle'.

"We are going to be ridiculous if, like at Euro 2008, each player stays in his comfort zone aiming for good marks from the media to the detriment of the team.

"The manager does not necessarily have all the answers. That is what experienced players are in the squad for."

Source: Team_Talk