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French defender William Gallas answers media questions at a press conference, 05 October 2006 in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, near Paris, three days before the 2008 Euro qualifying match Scotland vs France in Glasgow. France will play its two next Euro 2008 qualifiers against Scotland on October 07 and the Faroe Islands four days later. ((FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) )

France defender William Gallas is refusing to speak to the media at the World Cup.

The Arsenal player was due to meet reporters at the French press center in Knysna on Tuesday but chose not to come.

Team spokesman Francois Manardo said "William has decided not to speak to the media for the duration of the World Cup," without elaborating.

"That’s William’s choice, it’s up to him," France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said Tuesday. "Whatever happens in our squad, stays in our squad."

Gallas is set to start against Uruguay in France’s opening World Cup game on Friday.

Some French media have speculated that Gallas is angry at Domenech’s decision to make Patrice Evra captain now that former leader Thierry Henry is on the bench.