France coach Blanc drops all 23 World Cup players for match
France coach Laurent Blanc will drop all 23 World Cup players for his first match next month as collective punishment for the team’s embarrassing fiasco in South Africa. France failed to win a game in the World Cup. The players refused to train as a protest after Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home following an expletive-laced tirade at then-coach Raymond Domenech. France plays a friendly against Norway on Aug. 11 in Oslo.