'France still seeking identity'
France captain Thierry Henry said Sunday his team are still searching for their identity just three months before the World Cup kicks off in South Africa.
The 1998 World Cup winners were pulled apart in a 2-0 defeat by European champions Spain in Paris on Wednesday.
But Henry insists his side can still be World Cup challengers.
"We are still a team in search of its identity," Henry told the Sunday Times. "There are a lot people who cannot see us as contenders but you also have to remember against Spain we were playing a team from another world.
"You just cannot get the ball off them.
"They are a great team to watch on television, but impossible to play against."
But Henry, 32, shrugged off the boos he received.
"If you don't play well, you have to expect they will whistle you and you have to deal with it.
"I got whistled, coach Raymond Domenech got whistled and it was the same for Franck Ribery, when he was substituted and for Nico Anelka when he went off.
"People here continue to look back at the France team of 1998 and when we lose, they don't like it."
Henry admitted neither his performance nor that of the team was up to standard.
"We just spent the game chasing," he said. "I felt heavy and I didn't have any pace."
The Barcelona man insisted the French players will do all they can to ensure they can challenge in South Africa this summer.
"We are going to work very hard at reaching a level where we can," he said.