Drogba jumps to defence of Chelsea pal Anelka

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has jumped to support Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has jumped to support Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Anelka was sent home after a verbal assault on France coach Raymond Domenech and will play no further part in the tournament, although Les Bleus have only a slim chance of getting beyond the group stage in any case after a 0-0 draw with Uruguay and a 2-0 defeat by Mexico.

Drogba, quoted on news24.com in South Africa, said: "He has been a team-mate for two and a half years. Yes, I support him.

"I wish him good luck, it's a difficult time for him. He is very strong mentally, he's a competitor. I was surprised he was kicked out of the team."

The France squad refused to train on Sunday in support of Anelka. They play their final Group A match against World Cup hosts South Africa in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

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