France's World Cup and Euro winning captain Didier Deschamps would be a worthy successor to Raymond Domenech as France coach should the latter either resign or be sacked, claimed French football icon Zinedine Zidane on Sunday.
While Zidane – who retired from football after the 2006 World Cup final – didn't call on 56-year-old Domenech to quit his post after France's disastrous Euro 2008 showing where they garnered just one point and one goal, he conceded he had been surprised by some of his selections.
“I am not privy to what goes on in the federal council,” said Zidane, referring to the French Football Federations' decision making body.
“Raymond Domenech will know his fate on July 3 (when the Federal Council sits to decide on Domenech's future).
“We will see if there is to be a new coach. One person who could replace him is Didier Deschamps, because he has all the qualities required.
“It would be a legitimate succession,” added Zidane, who turns 36 on Monday.
Zidane, who was alongside Deschamps for both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 victories, admitted that Domenech's team choices had been a little confusing.
“Sitting in front of my television watching France's matches I have to say I was a little annoyed by certain choices he (Domenech) made,” said Zidane, whose last match for France saw him sent-off in extra-time of the World Cup final against Italy for headbutting Italian central defender Marco Materazzi.
“Just as others among the 60 million selectors (French people) were.”
However, ever the diplomat, Zidane refused to name names.
“I don't want to mention anyone for fear of hurting them.”
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