Wednesday, 18th August 2010

Nicolas Anelka, banned from internationals for 18 months by France for his part in the rebellion at the World Cup yesterday, has hit back and claimed he does not want to return to the national fold anyway.

Anelka, who was hit hardest out of those players banned – Patrice Evra was banned for five games, Franck Ribery three and Jeremy Toulalan one – told France Soir that no-one had asked him if he wanted to continue playing for the national team and had they done so then he would have refused.

"Who told them [the FFF] that I wanted to play again in blue?" blasted Anelka. "With Chelsea anyway I already play in blue every single weekend and that is enough for me!"

The striker, who is already unpopular in France and was nicknamed The Incredible Sulk earlier in his career, seems to have finally burned his bridges with the French FA.



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