Gallas unhappy at France snub

The 33-year-old Tottenham defender was not included in the party

for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Belarus and the friendlies

against Ukraine and Poland this week, and in an interview with

sports daily L’Equipe he appeared to indicate he would not want to

be picked again. He said: “When I saw that I had returned to my top

level (with Tottenham) I thought (Blanc) would recall me. It was

said that the best would be selected and I think this season I was

one of the best French players in my position. “Well if it’s like

that…I have drawn a line under my international career.” Gallas

last featured for France in their disastrous campaign at the World

Cup in South Africa last summer, which was overshadowed by a player

strike after forward Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a row

with then coach Raymond Domenech. The former Arsenal man fears that

is how he will be remembered as a France international, despite

also featuring in the side which reached the 2006 World Cup final.

“We made decisions that were wrong, but at the time we were in a

bubble, we were oblivious. This image haunts me and I know it will

pursue me,” he added. “I’ve had 16 years at the top level and one

decision, one mistake has screwed up everything.”