Cisse unsure of call-up
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Djibril Cisse believes Raymond Domenech has taken a risk by including him for France.
Djibril Cisse believes Raymond Domenech has taken a risk in calling him up to the France squad.
Marseille's on-loan Liverpool striker has only recently returned to playing after suffering a broken leg prior to last summer's World Cup.
Cisse is delighted to be included for next week's friendly with Argentina, but the 25-year-old believes it might be too soon for him to return to international action.
"I've only been playing again for two or three months," Cisse told L'Equipe. "Raymond Domenech knows me well, but he is taking a risk.
"That call belongs to the club and people around me. Such a call before a big match, that is very nice. It clears my head."
Cisse will vie with the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Sidney Govou, Thierry Henry, Florent Malouda, Franck Ribery and David Trezeguet for a place in Domenech's attack.
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is also included along with Chelsea's defensive midfielder Claude Makelele, although there is no place for ex-Red Devil Fabien Barthez.
Full France squad:
Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Mickael Landreau (Paris St Germain), Eric Abidal (Lyon), Francois Clerc (Olympique Lyon), Julien Escude (Sevilla), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Gael Givet (Monaco), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Rio Mavuba (Bordeaux), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Internazionale), Nicolas Anelka (Bolton), Djibril Cisse (Marseille), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Lyon), Franck Ribery (Marseille), David Trezeguet (Juventus).