Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Leboeuf Is Mystified by Early Exit

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Leboeuf Is Mystified by Early Exit

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Byline: MATT HUGHES

FRANK LEBOEUF says France's early exit from the World Cup is a mystery. The former Chelsea defender explained: "I was sitting on the bench for France against Denmark when Marcel Desailly ran past just after we hit the woodwork for the umpteenth time in three matches.

"'What can we do if it won't go in the net?' he screamed and none of us had an answer. It is a mystery that will not be solved for years."

Yesterday's defeat brought Leboeuf's international career to an end, and the 34-year-old marked the occasion with his first football-related tears. He said: "I have never cried in my career, not when we won the World Cup or Euro 2000, but I could not hold back once the final whistle went yesterday and I realised that I would never pull on the blue shirt again.

"I never dreamt that my international career would end when I was forced off with a groin injury against Uruguay in only our second game in the tournament.

"The sound of sobbing came from a few corners of the dressing room, but it would be wrong to say that all the players were overcome with despair. …

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