Patrick Vieira has attacked French coach Raymond Domenech for ''a lack of class'' for the way he found out that he would miss out on inclusion in their World Cup squad.
Vieira moved to Manchester City in January to try and force his way into contention for South Africa, but only found out that he was not going when Domenech announced his squad live on TV on Tuesday night and has attacked his boss for a ''lack of class''.
"As the national team coach had sporting criterions, I can accept the decision without any problems,'' he told Canal + Sport. "However, I didn't receive any phone call with him for six months, even if I always had a good relationship with him, even when he was in trouble.
"Considering my number of caps (107 caps) and years in the French team, I would have liked more frankness, a phone call.
"Now I have turned the French team's page. I would have preferred him to tell me, 'You don't have the right level anymore, there are young players better than you. Mourinho did it at Inter, and I accepted it.
"Discovering it at the last moment, in front of the TV, that tactlessness, lack of class, which is what affected me the most. But that won't erase all the beautiful years I spent in blue. Will I finish my career? No. I am sure I won't stop my footballing career."
Domenech earlier confirmed it had been a very difficult decision to leave out Vieira.
He said: "Patrick Vieira, it is the most delicate choice. We talked with Pat, we tried to plan for the World Cup. It has been a wrench. It is a real moment of emotion. It was difficult considering the whole season."