Domenech calls on 'retired' Makelele again

September 28, 2006

France coach Raymond Domenech has included Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele in his squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Scotland and the Faroe Islands next month.

Makelele announced his international retirement following the World Cup final defeat to Italy but Domenech named him in the party for the recent matches against the Azzurri and Georgia and threatened to invoke a FIFA rule which means a domestic ban if the player refused to play.

Arsenal defender William Gallas is also called up despite sustaining a hamstring injury against Porto on Tuesday.

France play Scotland on October 7 and face the Faroes in Sochaux four days later.

Makelele's call-up for France's first two Euro 2008 qualifiers prompted a club-versus-country row in which Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed the former Real Madrid midfielder was being treated like a 'slave'.

After Domenech hit back, 33-year-old Makelele stepped in and tried to calm the situation by agreeing to play.

He told French television station TPS: 'My coach's (Mourinho) words are a bit too strong, he's probably gone too far.

'But his disappointment is logical. There was an agreement after the World Cup that I would retire.

'But I spoke with the French team coach (Domenech) and he believes I am still able to bring something extra to the team.

'I don't blame him (Domenech) for anything and I will go back and play with France.'

Juventus striker David Trezeguet has also been included after missing the Georgia game through injury.

Lyon defensive midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has been rewarded for his excellent performances with his second call-up after being picked for a friendly match against Bosnia last month.

Squad: Coupet (Lyon), Landreau (Paris St Germain); Abidal (Lyon), Boumsong (Juventus), Clerc (Lyon), Escude (Sevilla), Gallas (Arsenal), Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Thuram (Barcelona); Diarra (Lyon), Makelele (Chelsea), Malouda (Lyon), Toulalan (Lyon), Vieira (Inter Milan); Govou (Lyon), Henry (Arsenal), Ribery (Marseille), Saha (Man Utd), Trezeguet (Juventus), Wiltord (Lyon).