Beckenbauer turns his sights on France

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Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has turned his anger on France after their dismal 2-0 defeat against Mexico last night left them on the verge of an early exit.

Having previously lambasted England for "going backwards", the 64-year-old has now laid into Raymond Domenech's team.

"The French are for the moment the biggest disappointment of the World Cup," said Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup both as a player and as a coach.

"The manner in which they played (against Mexico), is unworthy of a World Cup, it looked more like they were playing in a warm-up match.

"What really shocked me, is the manner that they accepted the defeat, nobody showed any fire in fighting back.

"One felt that they really weren't a team."