Blanc won't rush stars back

France coach yet to decide on whether to recall Evra and Ribery

Blanc: Has restored harmony

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Laurent Blanc has warned Patrice Evra and Franck Ribery that they may not waltz back into the France set-up.

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The pair have yet to turn out for their country since the shambolic showing from Les Bleus at the 2010 World Cup.

Both were identified as ringleaders in the players' strike which saw France grab the headlines mid-tournament for all the wrong reasons.

Harmony has, however, been restored, with Blanc inheriting the national reins from the unpopular Raymond Domenech at the end of a hectic summer.

Manchester United defender Evra and Bayern Munich playmaker Ribery are not guaranteed to be handed imminent recalls by Les Bleus, though, as Blanc is wary of tinkering with a squad that has begun to show signs of life in recent outings.

He told L'Equipe: "I will not endanger the squad over one, two or three individuals.

"The team cannot afford to have two or three black sheep."

He did suggest he would change his mind, though, if the players 'demonstrated a good state of mind'.


Blanc is more concerned with those who have shone for him of late, with Arsenal's Samir Nasri currently in the form of his life.

The France coach acknowledges that the Gunners ace is probably his brightest star at the moment, with his undoubted potential finally being fulfilled.

"Right now he is on a cloud," added Blanc.

"Before he played more laterally but now he is going straight towards goal and we are seeing the results.

"He is very powerful on the right-hand side but he is good everywhere. And he is only 23 years old."