Bayern's Franck Ribery aiming to help young France players for World Cup
Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has stated his desire to help bring through a new generation of French footballing talent ahead of this year's World Cup in Brazil.
The 30 year-old Ballon D'or candidate is keen to protect the future quality of his nation's players and ensure that there is no repeat of their 2010 debacle, when France failed to progress past the group stages in South Africa.
Speaking on the official FIFA website, Ribery said: "We represent a big country and the blue shirt can weigh heavy on the shoulders."
"There's alot of pressure and it's not always easy to deal with. So I try and get the younger players in the best possible frame of mind."
In Brazil, France will compete in Group E and Ribery has moved to calm talk of an easy passage into the next round: "Maybe we didn't get the most difficult groupbut we absolutely cannot afford to take any of the other teams lightly."
Les Bleus will be up against Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador this summer.