Vieira: I need to improve
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Patrick Vieira admits that he has not fully adapted to his role as French captain.Arsenal star Patrick Vieira has admitted that he has not fully grown into his role as French national team captain.
The 28-year-old succeeded ex-Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly as skipper last year and has since presided over an inauspicious start to World Cup qualifying, with France drawing two of their opening four games.
Vieira will lead his side out in their upcoming friendly with Sweden, and is looking to replicate his impact at club level on the international scene.
Since winning the World Cup and European Championship in the past six years France have seen a raft of international retirements, including Claude Makelele and Zinedine Zidane, and Vieira is hoping that other members of the squad will now step up and be counted.
"I have not been captain of Les Bleus for a long time, but I really want to play the same role that I play at Arsenal, because I am the same man," Vieira told L'Equipe.
"Perhaps I have not taken on my responsibilities yet.
"Now with all the players that have stopped their international careers, that will trigger something, but we have little time."
In other news, young starlet Jeremie Aliadiere is set to return to training with Premiership giants Arsenal.
The 21-year-old forward has been sidelined since sustaining knee ligament damage in the Community Shield in August, and could now make his competitive comeback in two or three weeks.