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French World Cup squad left out for friendly

By the CNN Wire Staff
New French coach Laurent Blanc (right) takes a training session ahead of the match with Norway.
New French coach Laurent Blanc (right) takes a training session ahead of the match with Norway.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Laurent Blanc chooses not to select any of France's 23-man World Cup squad friendly
  • Blanc makes the decision following the squad's boycott of training during the World Cup
  • France's tournament fell into disarray when striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home
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(CNN) -- France take on Norway in a friendly Wednesday without the 23 players who took part in the country's disastrous World Cup campaign.

New French coach Laurent Blanc chose not to select any member of the World Cup squad after they collectively refused to take part in a training session during their turbulent stay in South Africa.

Blanc, who took over from Raymond Domenech following France's exit at the group stage of the competition, opted to exclude the whole squad for one match as a punishment for their role in the protest that came just two days before their final match against host nation South Africa.

France's tournament fell into disarray after Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a row with Domenech during the group match against Mexico.

Captain Patrice Evra then became involved in a heated public argument with fitness coach Robert Duverne -- resulting in Duverne storming off the training ground with the squad retreating to their team bus and refusing to train.

However, there is no suggestion that the ban will last longer than a single match.

Many of the players are expected to return for the opening Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Belarus -- although it remains to be seen whether Anelka and Evra, who were perceived as the ringleaders, will return to the squad.