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Germany need to beat Austria today (19.45, BBC1) if they are to guarantee their place in the knock-out stages of the competition. Click here for the latest match odds.

France coach Raymond Domenech, who has come in for severe criticism since the start of Euro 2008, has received the backing of federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes.

After a 0-0 draw with Romania in the opening game, France were thrashed 4-1 by Holland in their second match in Group C, leaving their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals teetering on the brink.

Defeat to world champions Italy on Tuesday would send the 2000 winners crashing out of the competition.

An early exit will likely prompt further calls for Domenech to be replaced, but French Football Federation president Escalettes has offered his support to the under-fire coach.

“The FFF is not a monarchy, we will review the situation with the federal council and will speak with Raymond,” Escalettes told Le Monde.

“He is a member of the national technical direction (DTN) and he can stay there until retirement if he wants.

“He is under contract, but of course it is easier to have a debriefing after a victorious campaign.

“But, as far as I’m concerned, I will support Domenech until the end. I am not a dishonest man, I would not say, ‘Raymond, resignation’.

“I am in favour of his continuation until 2010. But this is the truth today, other factors may come into consideration.”

Germany need to beat Austria today (19.45, BBC1) if they are to guarantee their place in the knock-out stages of the competition. Click here for the latest match odds.

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