Vieira should have been picked
Former France and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit says coach Raymond Domenech made a mistake by omitting the experienced Patrick Vieira in his provisional list for the World Cup.
Petit, a member of the France team that won the World Cup in 1998, said his former Arsenal teammate couldn't reasonably have hoped for a starting spot in Domenech's team but that he will be deeply missed in the locker room.
Speaking on French TV late Tuesday, Petit said that Vieira is "essential to the life of the team."
The 33-year-old Vieira, who won the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000, said his international career was over after 107 appearances with France. - AP
Published May 12 2010