Under-fire France coach Raymond Domenech received the dreaded vote of confidence on Sunday, just hours after the 1998 world champions suffered another setback in their bid to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Saturday 5 September's 1-1 draw against Romania in Paris left France, the 2006 runners-up, needing to beat Serbia in Belgrade on Wednesday to keep their hopes of automatic qualification alive.The Serbians currently have a four-point lead over France in Group 7, with three matches remaining.

"I repeat: yes, yes, yes. I have to say it three times. He has the job of qualifying us for the World Cup," said French Football Association (FFF) President Jean-Pierre Escalettes. "And I repeat that even if we have to go into the play-offs, it's still Raymond Domenech's job."