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Djibril Cisse dreaming of France recall

September 27, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Kuban Krasnodar striker Djibril Cisse has revealed he still harbours ambitions of playing for France at the 2014 World Cup, despite not having appeared for his country in almost two years.

Djibril Cisse
GettyImagesDjibril Cisse has not played for France since October 2011.

Cisse, 32, last pulled on the French shirt in a 3-0 Euro 2012 qualifying victory over Albania in early October 2011.

Since then, he has endured largely unsatisfying spells at Lazio, Queens Park Rangers and Al Gharafa -- failing to convince former Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc or his successor, Didier Deschamps, to end his international exile.

Although Deschamps has previously described Russia as an "exotic" location for prospective internationals, Cisse told RMC that he hopes his form at Kuban will earn him a recall and a place on the plane to Brazil to add to his appearance in South Africa three years ago.

"I'll do everything I can. For the moment, I'm far away. I mustn't be under any illusions. But people know me. They know my desire and determination. I fight," said the former Panathinaikos player, who missed Euro 2004 through suspension, the 2006 World Cup due to a broken leg and was left out of the last two European Championships.

"When I was in Greece, it was the same thing,” he said. “I scored a lot of goals during my first season and I was called up. Nothing is impossible. With love for the French national team, you can do a lot of things."


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