Domenech silent on 'lies'

France manager focused on Serbia clash

Domenech: Focused on Serbia clash

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Raymond Domenech is staying focused on France's clash with Serbia after branding French press reports as 'lies'.

National captain Thierry Henry was quoted over the weekend as saying that France's players were 'bored' during training sessions.

Henry has since denied criticising his manager, while Domenech is also adamant the stories are false.

Domenech is thinking about the crucial World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Wednesday and has demanded a good performance from his men.

"I repeat to you, that since 2004, I do not make any comment on lies in the press," said Domenech.

Level

"There is a game against Serbia on Wednesday, and we are going to try and qualify for the World Cup finals, to take you all (the assembled press) to South Africa.

"We are going to do our best against Serbia.

"I agree with Thierry, all the qualifiers are matches of the highest level.

"All the players who play in this type of match know that it is necessary to raise their level of play."

Malouda

Domenech also rejected claims by Chelsea's Florent Malouda he had only learnt he would not feature against Romania on Saturday when he entered the dressing room and saw there was no shirt for him.

"The starting 11 knew who they were," stated Domenech.