Malouda: Long road back for France
Les Bleus visit Wembley tonight for a high-profile friendly with England hoping to maintain the momentum they have built since their atrocious 2010 FIFA World Cup™ campaign. The effects of what happened in
"But we know it is not enough for us to be a big nation again. We are not in the top ten. Our aim is to get back there and then maybe win something. But we are a long way from that position at the moment."
Settlement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup bonus row that has continued since the summer has helped increase the sense of calm around the French camp. And while Tottenham's
There will be a large contingent of travelling fans in the 90,000 capacity crowd this evening, proving public disenchantment can be a fickle thing. Malouda recognises it as well. He has been around the game long enough to understand the entire perception of a team can change on a single result.
"That is what public confidence depends on," he said. "Even when you have a really big disappointment, if you win again the fans get behind you. It is not true to say the fans don't like their national team. They just want you to win. Of course there are disappointments sometimes, but sport is like that."