Franck Ribery has likened his World Cup absence to "a death in the soul".
Ribery said on the French Football Federation’s official website: “It is like a death in the soul that I am forced to leave the France team and give up on the World Cup.
“I always hoped to be able to play against Jamaica (in this Sunday’s final warm-up friendly) but when I pushed it physically on Friday morning it aggravated my back pain. “In these conditions and despite the efforts of the medical staff my absence was inevitable.”
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