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Domenech: No fear, France will qualify for 2010

Raymond Domenech has the utmost confidence his France team will qualify for the 2010 World Cup, even though they are currently languishing in fourth place in their qualifying group.

Les Bleus have made an inauspicious start to their Group Seven campaign, picking up just four points from three matches, and they face a crunch double-header against joint pool leaders Lithuania at the end of March and start of April.

But Domenech, who was given a vote of confidence by the French Football Federation in October, insists his side will make it to the 2010 showpiece in South Africa.

"I am not asking myself any questions. We are going to qualify for the World Cup," he told L'Equipe. "We are going to do what we have to. It is when we start to do calculations that we get in trouble.

"We are going to qualify. But it will go right to the wire, like the last two qualification campaigns (for the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008)."

Domenech earned a stay of execution after France's poor showing at Euro 2008 and is still in the post despite a number of former France players and pundits questioning his ability.

He has a contract until the summer of 2010 and does not envisage falling on his sword before then.

When asked if he would resign if things did not go as planned, Domenech said: "People have always asked me this question but I have never thought about that.

"I have always replied the same way. We are going to qualify and knowing this, I do not see why I would keep in my head thoughts of resigning.

"I don't see what good it would do me or what good it would do the France team."

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