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Ribery: I'm No Saviour

Franck Ribery says that he is not France’s knight in shining armour, after his brace helped Les Bleus remain hot on Spain’s heels in World Cup qualification.

The Uefa Player of the Year scored twice to help France come from behind to beat Belarus on Tuesday night, to give them three vital points in their bid to qualify automatically for Brazil 2014.

They are now tie with La Furia Roja at the top of their qualifying group.

Ribery has been involved in France’s last eight goals, and without him, the former world champions would be a far weaker outfit.

But he refused to take the plaudits for his team’s battling display against Belarus.

"I'm not the saviour," he said.

"I scored at the right moment, when the team needed it, but we're above all happy that we had a strong second half."

All Ribery would take credit for was playing against the pain barrier, after he picked up a buttock injury before the game.

"Other players may have not played but I'm a generous person," he said.

However, despite Ribery’s attempts to play down his impact on France’s affairs, Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps was unabashed in his appraisal of the Bayern Munich star’s contribution.

 "We have one great player with Ribery and he confirmed that here," Deschamps said.  

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