Drogba backs Chelsea pal Anelka in French row

IVORY Coast striker Didier Drogba has come out in support of his Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka after he was kicked out of France’s World Cup squad.

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 was surprised he was kicked out of the team.”