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Trezeguet says Italy point the way

David Trezeguet says France should follow the example of Italy to ensure success at next summer's World Cup. With just 100 days to go before the finals kick off in Germany, France coach Raymond Domenech is still tinkering with his line-up.

But speaking ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Slovakia, Trezeguet said a combination of himself and Arsenal's Thierry Henry playing in front of Zinedine Zidane could be the key to success.

"I'm an attacker and so for me, you have to attack," said the Juventus hitman. "I didn't play a lot during qualifying, but I see what Lippi, Ancelotti and Capello do in Italy.

"Lippi had Del Piero and Inzaghi playing in front of Zidane at Juventus. He does the same thing with the national side. Totti is currently injured, but when he's fit, he plays behind the front two - Toni and Gilardino for example. The big teams get very good results with a playmaker and two strikers."

But with Zidane's return to the international fold, the Trezeguet-Henry partnership may not be given the chance to shine as Domenech is flirting with playing a lone striker in a bid to shoehorn the Real Madrid playmaker into his line-up.

"So that'll be one place less for me or Titi [Henry]," said Trezeguet phlegmatically. "If the coach has that idea in his head, we have to respect it, because he's the boss. If he wants to do it like that, we'll work on it during the friendlies."


Both prolific at club level, the partnership of Henry and Trezeguet has flourished on the international stage, with Trezeguet scoring 22 of his 31 international strikes alongside his former Monaco team-mate.

But the duo have failed to impress at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, though Trezeguet - in his sixth season at the Delle Alpi - says things will be different come France's June 13 opener with Switzerland.

"In 1998, I was 20 years old, I was fourth-choice striker and I did well," said Trezeguet, part of the France side that fell at the group stage four years ago.

"In 2002, it didn't work and it was hard to accept. My third World Cup is coming up and I'm no longer a youngster.

"I'm 28 and I've experienced a lot of things with Juventus. I'll be more calm and handle the pressure better. Age, experience, calm and patience are all important in the final phase of the World Cup."

by Ian Holyman




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