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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 June, 2004, 08:33 GMT 09:33 UK
Pires respects Arsenal duo
Robert Pires celebrates with France
Pires celebrates with Arsenal and France team-mate Patrick Vieira
French winger Robert Pires has spared a thought for his Arsenal team-mates after France's triumph over England.

The 30-year-old will put the win to the back of his mind when he is reunited with England duo Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole for pre-season training.

"I haven't spoken to Sol or Ashley yet," Pires said. "They were devastated so it's best to leave it.

"There were a few words and looks on the pitch. They were defending their colours and we were defending ours."

While Pires reproduced his fluid club form for France, the Premiership's top-scorer, Thierry Henry, remained off-target.

Thierry is a leader but maybe he puts too much pressure on himself
France coach Jacques Santini
Henry's late surge may have won Les Bleus the match-winning penalty but he has not scored for France this year.

But France coach, Jacques Santini, has shrugged off concerns about the Arsenal striker's form.

"Thierry is playing well, he did some nice things against England," Santini said. "I did not sense a worried player.

"He is a leader, although maybe he puts added pressure on himself."

Henry, who has scored 25 goals for France, played in a more central role - different to his roaming role at Arsenal.

France skipper Zinedine Zidane believes that Henry is more of a danger when he is playing from deep.

"We looked better in the second half against England when Thierry was moving out to the wing more," said Zidane.

Defender Bixente Lizarazu agreed that France's determined performance after the break turned the tide in the defending champions' favour.

Bixente Lizarazu celebrates the France win
It was revenge for me - but with the national side
France defender Bixente Lizarazu
"We tried to fight until the end against England and eventually the luck changed," stated Lizarazu.

"It came to France, we used it and we won."

The Bayern Munich player, whose contract runs out this summer, also took personal delight in the last-gasp win.

Lizarazu was part of the Bayern team who lost out to Manchester United in the dying minutes of the 1999 Champions League final.

"It was revenge for me - but with the French national team," added the full-back.

"I lost with Bayern against Manchester United and it was terrible.

"It takes a long time to recover from something like that."

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