France / French captain


Senior Member
Japan - Japanese

I was told to use "French" in the sentence below, but Zidane was captain of the France team. He was representing France. I think "France captain Zinedine Zidane" sounds more appropriate.

France captain Zinedine Zidane won the Golden Ball Award...

Is it incorrect to use "France" here?

Thank you.
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    They're using the country's name as short form for the team names. They also use "Italy captain..." and "Germany goalkeeper..." later on in the article.
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