Nicolas Anelka says he has no regrets for insulting Raymond Domenech, which led to him being sent home from the France squad during World Cup 2010.
The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid attacker had a confrontation with the then Bleus boss at halftime during his country’s 2-0 defeat to Mexico.
Four years on, the free agent insists he still has no respect for Domenech’s coaching ability and has no remorse for what he said at the time.
Anelka ranted to RMC: "I insulted a coach who the whole of France had already insulted, a coach who had never won anything apart from Ligue 2 and the Toulon tournament!
“He didn't know victory. I respect the man because I think he's a good person but I have no respect for the coach because he is not up to scratch.”
After being sent home from the tournament in South Africa, Anelka was handed an 18-match ban by the French Football Federation (FFR), ending his international career.
He continued: “When you have been coached by Ancelotti and other greats, it's hard to be coached by Domenech!
“A coach who demands respect but is incapable of respecting the best scorer in the history of France [Thierry Henry] doesn't deserve any respect.”
The 35-year-old striker is currently without a club after being sacked by West Bromwich Albion last month.
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