Vieira inherits captain's armband from Zidane

24th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 24, 2006 (AFP) - Inter Milan's Patrick Vieira was confirmed Thursday as France captain despite the return to the squad of the country's most capped player, Liliam Thuram.

PARIS, Aug 24, 2006 (AFP) - Inter Milan's Patrick Vieira was confirmed Thursday as France captain despite the return to the squad of the country's most capped player, Liliam Thuram.

It means Vieira takes over the captain's armband for the second time in his career after the second retirement of France legend Zinedine Zidane, following last month's World Cup.

Vieira had been named captain after Zidane's first international retirement, which came in the wake of Euro 2004, but was replaced by the former World Player of the Year when he made his national comeback to help France qualify for the World Cup.

The big midfield enforcer was captain again for a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina earlier this month as Thuram and another veteran player, Claude Makelele, were considering their international futures.

Both players have now opted to continue turning out for the national team but coach Raymond Domenech confirmed Vieira, 30, as his skipper.

Thuram, 34, has twice previously captained the side, for friendly matches against Costa Rica and Germany in November 2005.

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