The World Cup was ‘utter chaos’ under coach Deacon


France captain Amandine Henry said the team’s 2019 World Cup campaign was “utter chaos” under the leadership of Corinne Deacon.Henry, who has not been included in Deacon’s squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers, is the latest of a number of top players to speak out against the manager, most notably Eugenie Le Sommer, Wendie Renard and Sarah Bouhaddi.

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“I know I’m taking a risk [by speaking out against Diacre] “Henry said Sunday to Canal +. If I don’t, who will? ”

“I saw girls cry in their room [during the World Cup]. I cried in my room. It was total chaos.

“Some girls don’t dare to speak. There is a fear. ”

Henry added that she was told she would not be included in the squad for qualifying games after a “14-15 second” phone call with Deacon.

“When she called to let me know, the call was about 14 or 15 seconds long, I’ll remember that for the rest of my life,” she added.

“Honestly, this call shocked me. She said to me: “Amandine, you know that the list comes out tomorrow and that you will not appear there because of your recent performances. ”

“I told him, ‘OK, have a good game, bye. If it’s a sporting decision then you’re trying to re-motivate your player but this conversation hurt me. ”

France lead their European Championship qualifying group, but must beat Austria on November 27 to dominate the group and automatically qualify.

The two sides played a 0-0 draw when they met in October, marking the first time the French have lost points in a European Championship or Women’s World Cup qualifying group since June 2007, or 46 victories.


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