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Posted: 14 June 2010 Time: 5:39 pm

Former France captain Zinedine Zidane has criticised the French players for not playing as a team and says 'Raymond Domenech is not a coach'.

"I did not see any team-play," Zidane told the French television channel Canal+.

"The players should control themselves and leave their egos to one side. They did not play for each other. Always trying to do things on your own is not good," he said.

The 37-year-old French legend also criticised manager Domenech, suggesting he was capable of picking the players but not organising them as a team.

"He is not a coach, he just picks the players. He should concern himself with making sure the players work as a team. But ultimately it is the players that have to show what they can do on the pitch." Pressure on England – Algeria

Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra believes all the pressure is on England ahead of their Group C encounter in Cape Town on Friday.

Bougherra's side lie bottom of the pool having lost their opening match 1-0 to Slovenia yesterday, but the 27-year-old is comforted by the fact they are only one point behind Fabio Capello's side.

And, as England were the favourites to top the group at the outset, the Rangers centre-back reckons they are the ones who have more to worry about ahead of the clash at the Green Point Stadium.

"England are a big player with a good mentality and a lot of experience," said Bougherra, one of the more experienced players from a nation playing in the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

"It is our players' first World Cup so we have nothing to lose. We are not just thinking about the World Cup but also about the future.

"We will do our best to portray a good image of Algeria. We have a good spirit and have nothing to lose."

Bougherra, who had stints in England with Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and Crewe, expects Capello's side to improve after a stuttering start in the 1-1 draw with the United States on Saturday.

Swiss skipper out of Spain opener

Switzerland captain Alex Frei and midfielder Valon Behrami have been ruled out of their opening World Cup Group H game against Spain on Wednesday, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has disclosed.

Frei and Behrami failed to recover from ankle and thigh injuries respectively.

"They will not play on Wednesday," Hitzfeld said on the Swiss federation website (www.football.ch).

"The aim is that they come back for the second match against Chile," Hitzfeld said before the team departed for Durban and their clash with the European champions.

Hitzfeld said he was optimistic about Behrami's recovery and rejected suggestions that the tournament could be over for Frei, 30, adding that both players should be able to resume full training with the squad on Thursday.

Coaches blame Polokwane pitch

The coaches of Slovenia and Algeria have both blamed the lackluster performances in the Group C match on the surface at Peter Mokaba Stadium, which hosted the first World Cup game to be played on artificial grass.

The surface at the Polokwane venue is made up of natural grass and synthetic fibers.

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane says the conditions "put our goalkeeper off'" although "the ball and the turf caused problems for both teams."

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek said, "I don't agree with this turf ... it's a different game."

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Previous comments on this story...

AbienapeMsanzifinest
posted: 07:21 am
France remain one the Best Teams around, despite its shortcoming. i still trust that they will beat MExico who are over-rated and qualify for the next round with a Drawa against BAfana Bafana
Kideo007
posted: 11:18 am
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Kideo007
posted: 11:18 am
All those Vuvuzela critics must just stay away from South Africa or indoors. This is Africa and blowing the vuvuzela is our way of celebrating and showing support & excitement of this world cup. No one will stop the vuvuzela now, even Mr. President himself has endorsed the vuvuzela. So all those who cant tolerate it, they must just jump the ship or voetsek here.

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