Coach - Vieira has Cup chance

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France boss Raymond Domenech has opened the door for Patrick Vieira to make his World Cup Squad.

Manchester City-bound midfielder in boss' South Africa plans

France national team boss Raymond Domenech has opened the door for Patrick Vieira to make his World Cup Squad. The midfield legend's imminent move from Inter Milan to Manchester City is expected to go through on Friday after undergoing a medical on Thursday evening. The 33-year-old has had his chances restricted to just seven starts at the San Siro this season and is aiming to force his way back into the national set-up with first-team football at Eastlands. Domenech is in favour of the prospective move and has backed Vieira, who made his last competitive France appearance in 2007, to regain his fitness and form which would see him on the plane to South Africa. "His departure from Inter is good news," Domenech told L'Equipe. "We talked about it together for several months. He had to play again, even anywhere. Moreover, he has found a very good club. It is good to him and good to Les Bleus. "If he plays and he plays at his true level, there is no reason why he shouldn't go to South Africa. But he is just like any other player - he has to play. If he plays, he is more than a candidate."

Injury history

Vieira was due to captain Les Bleus at Euro 2008, where France suffered an abysmal first-round exit, only to miss out through injury. But Domenech is refusing to compare that scenario to this time around. He added: "It is completely different than Euro 2008. If he plays normally, and is not injured, I won't think about what happened two years ago. With his experience and his aura, it could only be an asset. Pat is reassuring. "When you are old, usually you don't have desire anymore. But if you have a big desire, then age and experience become assets. "Pat has one obsession - playing at the World Cup. He will play with that idea in mind, even if above all he will think about his new club, where at first he has to make a name for himself."

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