Vieira confident of getting back into France team

BY foxsports • January 24, 2010

Patrick Vieira is confident that he will play for France at the World Cup later this year, providing he gets regular games for Manchester City.

The 33-year-old Vieira has been hampered by thigh and calf injuries for the past two seasons and was given limited playing time by Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, prompting his move to City earlier this month.

Vieira thinks he will easily get back into France coach Raymond Domenech's squad if he is playing often for City.

"Since I am an optimistic person, I will say that my chances are 100 percent," Vieira said Sunday in an interview with Canal Plus television. "The desire and the determination are there. It is my objective, my challenge."

Vieira joined City on a six-month contract with a further 12-month option, having been signed by Roberto Mancini, the former Inter coach who replaced Mark Hughes last month. Vieira has yet to play.

"I can't see myself missing the World Cup," Vieira said. "I have five months left, I have to play, simple as that."

A stalwart of the French team, Vieira has made 107 appearances for France but a left-thigh strain prevented him from playing at the 2008 European Championship - the only tournament he missed since winning the World Cup in 1998.

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