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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 June, 2004, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Zidane pondering future
Zinedine Zidane is considering his international future
France star Zinedine Zidane is still considering his international future following Les Bleus' Euro 2004 exit.

Zidane had hinted that France's failures at Euro 2004 and the last World Cup may spell the end for the all-conquering generation.

A new coach will replace the departing Jacques Santini and Zidane, 32, said: "I have not decided what to do yet, I will think about it.

"At a certain point one must know it is time to change the personnel."

Zidane is one of several players in an under-performing French team on the wrong side of 30.

While Marcel Desailly has already made his decision to retire, Zidane and Bixente Lizarazu are still considering their options.

I have not decided yet, I do not know what I am going to do
Zinedine Zidane

Zidane said: "It is necessary to let the disappointment of the defeat pass, to digest it.

"It is true that is a lot to take, with the World Cup, the European Championships. We will see, I don't know yet.

"It is of course imperative something changes and to change it one cannot wait until six months before the 2006 World Cup finals.

"I have not decided yet, I do not know what I am going to do. I will think about it and afterwards we will see."

Zidane also remained tight-lipped as to who he would like to see take over from Santini as national team manager.

The candidates include former players Jean Tigana and Laurent Blanc, and Bruno Metsu whose Senegal side contributed to France's de-throning as World Champions in Japan in 2002.

Former Fulham boss Tigana is thought to have the influential backing of former France great and current vice-president of the French Football Federation, Michel Platini.

But Zidane said: "I have my preference but I will keep it to myself."

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