Karim Benzema has shown his support for under-fire France coach Raymond Domenech.
The veteran boss has seen his position come under scrutiny after Les Bleus crashed out of Euro 2008 at the group stages and made a lacklustre start to their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
He earned a stay of execution after grinding out a 2-1 victory against Serbia in France's last outing, but remains far from the ideal choice for many supporters and members of the French media.
However, he can at least count on the support of Lyon's exciting young striker Benzema, a player he handed an international debut to in March 2007.
"It would be a good thing if he stayed," said the 20-year-old.
"He's the one who gave me a chance and trusted me. Taking him out of the France team would not be a good solution."
The speculation surrounding Domenech's future has once again threatened to overshadow matters on the field, with World Cup qualifying action set to resume this weekend.
France travel to Romania for their latest fixture on the road to South Africa, with French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes calling on the public to lay off the manager and get behind the side.
"We must stop talking about the coach and all be behind the team," he said.
"All the players talk about is the game against Romania. We need three points and we're going there to win."
Meanwhile, Frank Ribery believes a lack of adventure has brought about France's failings of late.
"What I felt during the last two matches is that we were afraid to try things," he said.
"We must take risks. We're France, we've got good players. We must enjoy ourselves on the pitch."
Ribery also refused to comment on the fate of his international manager, preferring to concrete his efforts of helping the team secure a positive result in Bucharest.
"It's important not to think about what's behind us," he said.
"We must think only about the future and concentrate on the three points we need."