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Wenger rules out France job

1 July 2012 13:39

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be replacing Laurent Blanc as France coach.

The Gunners boss was linked as a potential candidate to take over from Blanc after the former Bordeaux coach stepped down following their disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.

"There are a lot of names," Wenger told Telefoot.

"But me, I will be very busy with Arsenal where my contract still runs for two years."

France improved on their group stage elimination at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa making the quarter-finals, but the in-fighting so prevalent two years ago reared its head once more and disrupted preparations ahead of the loss to Spain.

Among the top names linked to the job are Paul Le Guen and Luis Fernandez, with Marseille coach Didier Deschamps the favourite to succeed Blanc.

Meanwhile, Wenger said Spain are betraying their football philosophy by adopting a more cautious approach to ball retention at Euro 2012.

In his column for Eurosport, Wenger wrote that Spain have 'lost their sparkle' and find it harder to break down opposition defences amid concerns over Vicente del Bosque's striker-less formation - the solution to David Villa's injury absence.

"These guys are more than outstanding footballers; they are really intelligent and they are winners," Wenger wrote.

"I want to give them credit for that. However, they have betrayed their philosophy and turned it into something more negative. Originally they wanted possession in order to attack and win the game; now it seems to be first and foremost a way not to lose."

Addressing the issue of who Spain will select in attack against Italy on Sunday, Wenger said the poor performance of Alvaro Negredo in the semi-final led him to tip Cesc Fabregas as a starter.

"What should he do? I would be inclined to think that because he tried Alvaro Negredo up front in the last game, and it didn't work, he will start with Fabregas as a 'false nine'."

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