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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cantona, Ginola Will Meet Their Match, Or Watch It


PARIS -- The day of reckoning is nigh for Eric Cantona and David Ginola. The pair will learn Wednesday whether they can expect to lead France at June's European championship finals in England.

When France's manager Aime Jacquet announces his squad for the Jan. 24 friendly with Portugal in Paris, Cantona and Ginola will be all ears.

Inclusion means they will certainly be part of Jacquet's plans to challenge for the European title this summer. Exclusion will tell them that they can consider themselves on the scrapheap as far as the national team is concerned.

His French squad has evolved into a promising and complete outfit which, given the lack of any truly outstanding team in Europe, can entertain realistic hopes of winning the title.

There is no clamor from either media or fans in France for the return of the exiles yet rival teams would find it hard to understand how any country could afford to dispense with the services of two players of such international pedigree.

Both are temperamental players with a history of disruption in the national team. Cantona was once banned for crudely insulting the coach and a Ginola outburst was blamed for France's failure to qualify for the last World Cup.

Ginola appeared in only two of France's five games in the autumn and did not play all of either. He was plainly miffed when he was put on the substitutes' bench against Azerbaijan.

Of the two, Jacquet clearly prefers Cantona, his former captain.


Trinidad and Tobago lost its match with the United States at the Gold Cup, then lost their ride from Anaheim Stadium and found they had been robbed.

The 25-member team was left waiting at the stadium for a bus that had broken down and never arrived, after their 3-2 loss to the host team Saturday.

About 20 fans who waited outside to help said they were harassed by security guards and Anaheim police.

Driven by fans to their Fullerton motel, the players found they had been robbed. More than $50,000 in cash and jewelry was missing from their rooms, including $20,000 in expense money, team officials said.

Fullerton police said they were investigating the theft. ()