Raymond Domenech has declared that Patrick Vieira will captain France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, provided the Manchester City midfielder manages to get a run of matches under his belt.
The 33-year-old last week featured in his first two matches since returning to the Premier League in January with the aim of forcing his way back into the Les Bleus squad.
Vieira had been growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of playing time at Inter Milan. The former Arsenal player was left out of the France squad for their crunch qualifying play-off with Republic of Ireland, but Domenech has insisted the veteran will almost certainly be on the plane to South Africa if he remains fit.
If he gets a run of matches, Patrick Vieira will be the captain of the France team and that's it. There's not even a debate.
"If he gets a run of matches, Patrick Vieira will be the captain of the France team," he told Orange Sport. "He has just started playing again. Don't do what you normally do: a player has a good match, so he has to be in the France team; then he has a bad match, so you have to drop him.
"What matters, and Pat knows it, is that he gets a run of matches. That's what he says. I definitely don't have any doubts about his qualities. And he knows that and we are in complete agreement because we have discussed it at length.
"What matters is that he gets a run of matches, and if he gets a run of matches, Patrick Vieira will be the captain of the France team and that's it. There's not even a debate."
Vieira, who turns 34 during South Africa 2010, has 107 caps for his country.