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Henry slams ''vicious gossip'' around Domenech

Thierry Henry insists talk of a falling-out with Raymond Domenech is just ''vicious gossip'' and claims he still has confidence in the France coach.

Le Parisien reported Domenech tried to spark a reaction from his players by questioning their hunger and Henry was said to have responded on behalf of the squad by stating the players were uninspired by training sessions and the team had ''no style, no guidance and no identity''.

But, in an interview with L'Equipe, he claimed reports of a bust-up were wide of the mark.

''It is annoying, for what came out is not the truth,'' he said. ''What a pity for it was a constructive discussion. If the vicious gossip were true I don't think I would have been kept on as captain (for the Serbia game).''

Asked if he had confidence in Domenech, the former Arsenal man added: ''Yes, I have said that, and it is also up to us to liven up. We did it well against Romania. You see that this team has a soul.''

The 2-2 draw with Serbia, though, still left Les Blues four points behind Serbia at the top of Group Seven with two games left to play.

With Serbia's remaining games coming at home to Romania and away to Lithuania, a play-off spot looks Les Bleus' best bet of making it to the World Cup. But Henry is not worried by that prospect.

''Barring a catastrophic scenario for Serbia, we will be second,'' he said. ''We played for first place, you saw that. We will go to the World Cup by going through what we have to go through.

''You have already seen Germany had to go through the play-offs in 2002 and reached the final. Spain needed the play-offs in 2006.''


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