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Vieira told he needs to play

France boss explains reasons for veteran's omission

Last Updated: 04/08/09 11:34am

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Vieira: Surprise omission

Vieira: Surprise omission

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Raymond Domenech insists Patrick Vieira needs to be playing regularly before he will be recalled by France.

The 33-year-old Inter Milan midfielder was a notable omission from his squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

Domenech opted to hand a first call-up to Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, leaving 107-cap Vieira out in the cold.

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Vieira has been tipped to re-join Arsenal this summer, although Domenech does not mind which club he is at as long as he is playing regularly.

"Pat needs to play a lot to feel good and to get back to his best level," explained Domenech.

"He has to keep playing. I hope he will start playing - at Arsenal or Inter Milan."

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