France coach Raymond Domenech says that his players must set their egos to one side and work for the greater good at the World Cup.
Domenech needed a play-off win over the Republic of Ireland to book their place among the qualifiers, and public opinion of the French set-up is low, but the coach is determined his players must learn from the lessons of the past or risk finding themselves frozen out of his plans.
''They must be clever and forget their ego to realise that the only thing that matters is the team, not them,'' Domenech told French sports daily L'Equipe. ''If they don't understand that, I will need a gun.''
Domenech will unveil his 23-man squad for the finals on May 11, with his selection due to be rubber-stamped by FIFA on June 1. And the coach admitted he was still some way from knowing his final selection, saying: ''It is useless. Today, if I make a list, what can I do? In one month it will not be the same. It could... be worse.''
He added: ''Qualifying was not easy and naming a squad will be difficult as well. When you have so many players that are injured or don't play in such a time, this is not reassuring. The players are the motor and it's them who will advance the machine. It's for that reason that selection is vital.''