Lemerre revealed his list for an intensive 4 days training camp (May6th to May 10th) before the friendly against Belgium later this month. Lemerre said earlier that the list for the match against Belgium would be 90-95% of the final list for the World Cup. There are some "surprises" as well as some deceptions. Pleasant surprises come in the form of Djibril Cissé who will have his first selection with the A team against Belgium. Cissé's selection means more than likely, at 95% that Anelka will not be selected for the World Cup. In the deceptions category, the biggest may be the exclusion of Eric Carrière of that list.
Just last week, Cissé received the award of the "Brightest Prospect" in France and now, his first selection with the Champions of the Universe. In the meantime, Roger Lemerre in person informed Eric Carrière of his decision of not convocating him for the World Cup. However, Lemerre asked Carrière to be ready in case of emergency or last minute injury to a midfielder of the team.
So, comments? Reactions?
I'm delighted for Cissé as he truly deserves it after his flamboyant season. He has proved it to be more deadly than Anelka and rightfully has been called up for the A team. However, the exclusion of Carrière really surprised me as I was expecting him as one of the players sure to be going to Asia this June. I'm sad for him, but i'll respect Lemerre's decision as he's proved it time and time again to be sure of what he's doing and knowing what he's doing. I just hope that Cissé will have the same emotions than Henry and Trezeguet did 4 years ago, when they were 20 years old, just like Djibril...
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!:star::star:
Auxerre forward Djibril Cisse has admitted he was stunned at being called into the France World Cup squad on Tuesday, despite firing 20 goals in 28 league games this season.
The 20-year-old, whose goals have taken Auxerre into the final Champions' League qualifying spot, had expected to join up with Raymond Domenech's Under-21 squad at the European Championships in Switzerland later this month, when he received the call from Henri Emile, assistant to France coach Roger Lemerre.
"I only found out about the call up the day before the press was told," he said. "Henri Emile called me on my mobile as I was on my way to training and at first I thought it was a practical joke.
"When I got to the stadium I asked the coach [Guy Roux] to double check. Before that phone call I had never had contact with anybody from the national side and I have never spoken to Roger Lemerre in my life. For me the French team was in front of the television. It is an enormous surprise."
Cisse is not expected to start for France in Japan and Korea, but he insists he will benefit enormously from the experience.
"Even if I go to the World Cup just to play seven against seven in training against [Zinedine] Zidane and the others, I know that I will learn a lot," he told L'Equipe. "I will be a little guy amid the greats."
"The idea of meeting up with Zidane, [Marcel] Desailly, [Christophe] Dugarry and the others makes me nervous. I'm very shy. I've only seen Zidane once in my life but now we're going to wear the same shirt. I've got to try and get used to the idea. I know my heart will beat very strongly."
Cisse's lightning pace has seen him compared favourably to Thierry Henry and he can boast the finishing touch of David Trezeguet. But Cisse was quick to credit Auxerre coach Guy Roux who has worked on developing the young striker's game this season.
"My main quality is speed," he said. "I've never timed myself over 100 metres but I'm easily under 11 seconds.
"For a long time I got by just on my speed but Guy Roux has made me work hard on all other aspects of my game and he was right.
"I've been working on my left foot and my headers and the last three goals I've scored in the Championnat have all been with head. Hard work always finishes by paying off."
Victory in their final game of the season at home to Rennes on Saturday would assure Auxerre of a qualifying place for the Champions' League next season and the coveted striker insists he has no intention of missing out on that experience despite a flurry of interest from leading clubs around Europe.
"I will not leave Auxerre," he said. "It has already been decided. This squad wants to play in the Champions' League together next season and show what we have achieved is no accident. I have no desire to leave this squad - not this year."
carrière told himself on his website that lemerre won't take him. Lemerre said him by phone that he "had a choice to make"...
lemerre and his sibylline sentences... and choices.
i'd rather say "un-understandable"...
- i don't understand a man that selects players who don't play or didn't play for the major part of the season : djorkaeff, micoud, boghossian, dugarry. i wouldn't be surprised if he finally calls diomède back...
- i don't understand a man that selects players who don't play when he claims that players have to play and be regulars in their clubs to expect being selected.
- I don't understand a man that prefers players who don't play to players who play good in their clubs and in the NT : marlet, carrière, lamouchi.
but we can add luccin, dalmat and robert to this list too. sagnol wouldn't even be there if karembeu wasn't injured !!!
- I don't understand a man that gives confidence to players during 2 years and doesn't call them for the crucial moment...
- i don't understand a man that says : "whistling karembeu is an insult to my country !" and doesn't support his players when they expect him to join them in their anti-FN axe.
i don't want to make politics here but for me his "connerie" climax was when i read in Le Monde that he didn't want to react or express a single opinion about Jean-Marie Le Stylo ... as well as other players... i don't even want to give their name ... that makes me :
who is schizo lemerre ? human paradox or human insanity ?
oh oh ! i think the answer is within the question...
i hope my post won't be judged too severely. i'm really proud of this team , these players and their football. but concerning the coach...
CUG! you are right about many things! I agree with you on why Parma doesn´t use Micoud more??!! if they would use him more they would be higher in the Serie A! and about Carriére he is a pure class player!! it is a scandal!!!!
btw we are lucky that Karembeu is injured!!!!!!!he sux so hard!!!
and also you are right that Dalmat should probaly have a place in the squad too (maybe instead of Djorkaeff or Boghossian)...
but Boghossian and Djorkaeff isn´t bad players it´s just that that both Carriére and Dalmat is probaly better right now....