Anelka to quit France

Image: Anelka: Retiring from internationals

Sky Sources understand that France striker Nicolas Anelka has retired from international football.

Striker to retire from international football

Sky Sources understand that France striker Nicolas Anelka has retired from international football. Anelka was sent home from the World Cup squad on Saturday following a dressing-room bust-up with manager Raymond Domenech. It is reported that he directed a foul-mouthed tirade at Domenech during half-time of Thursday's 2-0 defeat to Mexico. Anelka had started the crucial game in Polokwane but did not re-emerge after the interval as Domenech brought on Andre-Pierre Gignac. The decision was taken to remove Anelka from the squad despite the fact that France are still alive in the competition and need to beat South Africa in their final Group A game to have any chance of progressing. Anelka accepted his exclusion and wished the team well, but it now appears he has called time on his international career. He has made more than 60 appearances for Les Bleus, having made his debut back in 1998. But the 31-year-old will now focus on club matters with Chelsea and will play no part in France's qualification campaign for Euro 2012. Domenech is to stand down as France manager after the World Cup and will be replaced by Laurent Blanc.

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