Former France captain Renard open to World Cup return

Former France women's soccer captain Wendie Renard has made herself available for the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, if Corinne Diacre's successor deems her worthy of a recall.

Renard declared herself unavailable for the national team after a dispute with Diacre, but the French coach subsequently lost her job.

Diacre was sacked by the French federation on the recommendation of an Executive Committee, and Olympique Lyonnais defender Renard told radio station Europe 1 she would be willing to return if the next mentor wanted to work with her.

"It's the coach who will select me if I perform well with my club ... but why not (make a return)?" she said. "I am a competitor at heart. I love this jersey and I want to do everything to win a title with it."

France will be looking to win their maiden World Cup at this year's showpiece event, which will be staged from July 20 to August 20.

They begin their campaign in Group F against Jamaica on July 23 before facing Brazil and Panama.