Anelka not the only one to blame, says Gourcuff

Published Jun. 7, 2010 1:25 p.m. ET

France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff says Nicolas Anelka is too isolated in France's attack and needs greater support if coach Raymond Domenech's misfiring 4-3-3 system is to click at the World Cup.

Anelka was preferred ahead of Thierry Henry to play as the lone center forward in the warmup matches against Costa Rica, Tunisia and China. But his failure to score in any of them means he is now under pressure to keep his place for Friday's opening group game against Uruguay, with Henry, Andre-Pierre Gignac or Djibril Cisse in line to replace him.

Gourcuff thinks it's unfair to only blame Anelka and says France must ``give Nico more support'' from the wings and midfield.