Blanc waits on captain
French coach to rotate captaincy
Last Updated: October 11, 2010 10:52am
Blanc: Considering captains
France boss Laurent Blanc admits he will not decide on a permanent captain until the end of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
Blanc took charge of France in the summer, and he has already used Florent Malouda, Philippe Mexes and most recently Alou Diarra as his captain.
The captain's armband was freed up after Patrice Evra was banned for five matches following the French World Cup row.
Bordeaux ace Diarra was captain for their win over Romania on Friday, but Blanc insists that he will be not decide yet and will instead rotate the armband.
"The decision to rotate the captaincy was not a random one but one I took after thinking about it for a long time, in order to see who could fill the post best," said Blanc.
"But at the same time we are not going to rotate the captaincy between 11 players because there are some who are not capable of doing it.
"There are others who do not want it and which would distract them from playing.
"The captaincy will rotate between three to five players and after that I will take a decision at the end of the qualifiers.
"Time is on our side."
Blanc confirmed that if somebody shows up particularly well, then they would be appointed on a permanent basis.
"Obviously if someone is exceptional in the role we will not wait," he said.
"For the moment, though, we are observing and analysing.
"It is true that Alou (Diarra) filled this role very well but I have nothing to reproach either Philippe (Mexes) nor Flo (Malouda) for and they will also be candidates."