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Vieira backs Domenech

France midfielder Patrick Vieira on Friday said he backed under-fire coach Raymond Domenech to stay on but added he did not know if he would continue his own international career.

"I am essentially for stability," said the 31-year-old France skipper and Inter Milan midfielder, who has been capped 105 times.

Pressed on Domenech, whose side crashed out of Euro 2008 in the Group phase, he said: "You shouldn't throw everything out of the window and start again from zero."

He added that "responsibility rests with the players. Perhaps we were too calm, sure of ourselves.

"We understand the criticism as we were mediocre."

Vieira, a member of the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning sides, himself did not feature in the event as he failed to recover from a thigh injury.

But he said it was not necessarily the end of his international career as it has been for Lilian Thuram and Claude Makelele, who both announced their retirement after the 2-0 defeat to Italy in their final group game.

"I don't know. I am not asking myself if I wish to continue in the France team or not (but) 2010 (the next World Cup) is a bit far away.

"A young generation is emerging," Vieira noted, adding that perhaps his experienced presence might help.

"But whether I will have the physical means (to keep playing) is another thing."

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