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France looks to keep playing attacking football

France coach Raymond Domenech is being urged by his players to let them keep playing attacking football at the World Cup, because they feel so comfortable in the new 4-3-3 formation.

sports Updated: May 29, 2010 20:11 IST

France coach Raymond Domenech is being urged by his players to let them keep playing attacking football at the World Cup, because they feel so comfortable in the new 4-3-3 formation.

Domenech switched to a more adventurous style in Wednesday's 2-1 win against Costa Rica, and the signs were encouraging enough for him to try it again in Sunday's friendly match against Tunisia. France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff says "there was an improvement in the way we played" and that "there was a lot more movement around the ball carrier" than in the stale 4-2-3-1 France adopted throughout the qualifiers.

Although France missed chances against Costa Rica, they showed the attacking flair and panache so lacking in recent years, and even Domenech's fiercest critics applauded him.