Vieira accepts World Cup omission

11 May 2010 09:47
Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has accepted his omission from France's 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.[LNB] The 33-year-old was not named by coach Raymond Domenech today and joined Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri among those who missed out.[LNB]The squad will be reduced to 23 by June 1 before Les Bleus meet Uruguay on June 12 in their first Group A match. They will also play hosts South Africa and Mexico.[LNB]Former France captain Vieira, a World Cup winner in 1998, was hopeful of inclusion after a strong second half to the season at City following his switch from Inter Milan.[LNB]But Vieira, who earned the most recent of his 107 caps in June 2009, did not earn selection.[LNB]He told Canal+ Sport: "It's a decision I accept, although I'm disappointed.[LNB]"I do not question his choice, I really respect."[LNB]Emmanuel Petit was unhappy his fellow World Cup winner and former Arsenal midfield colleague was not selected.[LNB]Petit told L'Equipe TV: "Regarding Patrick Vieira, he could not claim a starting berth but to join the group I think it was necessary, for his experience, his record but also his personality."

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