Silvestre eyes French swansong
By Adam Marshall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
France defender Mikael Silvestre has called on his international colleagues to enjoy one last hurrah on the world stage.
The Manchester United full back regained coach Raymond Domenech's favour just in time to be included in the World Cup squad.
With the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Fabien Barthez in the twilight years of their glittering careers, Silvestre is hopeful that France can make the most of not being considered as one of the favourites to win the tournament.
"I think the ones that are here have got that motivation that is why they're still here," he told Sky Sports News.
"They still believe they can achieve something great for the country. They're going to fight for their lives also because it's going to be their last World Cup so they want to achieve something with the young players who have joined the team recently.
"I don't think the media put us in that situation [named as favourites]. We accept that if we can be in peace to be ready and perform well, it's good.
"I think England are going to be one of the most dangerous teams in the World Cup to win the title - even if they're struggling up front.
"It's true they need goalscorers and it's going to be difficult without Wayne [Rooney] but they're going to manage to qualify and I hope he's going to join England later."