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France among favourites: Domenech

sports Updated: May 27, 2012 00:35 IST

Former coach Raymond Domenech has said that he rated France among the favourites for Euro 2012 and that they should at the very least reach the semifinals.

Domenech, who quit as France coach after the World Cup debacle in South Africa in 2010 and was replaced by Laurent Blanc, said that he believed the current squad could go deep into the tournament which begins June 8.

“I see France as being among the favourites,” he said. “Eighteen matches without a defeat, wins over England and Germany away and a win over Brazil also, first in our qualification group - all that makes you a favourite,” he said.

Domenech said he rated the current squad as still being in a transition stage. "You can always ask who in this team is indispensable apart from the goalkeepers and (Karim) Benzema," he said.

Domenech said he saw France's opener against England as being “easy” as the English “had no great talents.”

“After that we must not lose to Ukraine and that will be it for the first round for us.”

On his own future 60-year-old Domenech, who was manager of France from 2004 till 2010 said that he would be ready to resume being coach of a national side.