France must avoid World Cup 'disaster', says Ribery

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Franck Ribery has claimed that failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup would be a 'disaster'.

France will have to face the runners-up from England's group - Ukraine - in a two-legged play-off next month to secure their progression.

France finished second, behind World Champions Spain, in Group I of qualification and Ribery, who has scored five goals in qualification, believes it would be a disaster for the nation should they miss out on next summer's tournament.

"I simply cannot imagine the France team not at the World Cup," Ribery is quoted as saying on

"It would be a disaster for us, for everyone, for all of France."

Ribery has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or after an excellent season, winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich and playing some of his finest football. 

"We have to play as always, do not be afraid and do not stress," he said.

But Ukraine will certainly be a tricky opponent for Les Blues.

France finished bottom of their Group at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 1998 winners will be looking to make up for that shocking display - now under the management of Didier Deschamps. 

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