Giuly fearing full French exile
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barca's Ludovic Giuly was left mystified by the decision to recall Nicolas Anelka.
Barcelona star Ludovic Giuly admits he has been left mystified by France's decision to recall Nicolas Anelka ahead of him.
The 30-year-old attacker helped the Camp Nou side prove themselves the best team in Europe last term with the domestic and UEFA Champions League title, but has not been called up for a year.
He last scored for Barca in the 3-0 Liga win at Racing Santander on September 17.
But with injuries to winger Sidney Govou and striker Louis Saha, he has been left worried by Raymond Domenech's decision to opt for the Bolton Wanderers man in his place.
"I don't know why, I can't come up with any answers," Giuly told RMC.
"I hear that Govou is not able to play and then he recalls Nico and that is not logical!
"Now I am sure there is a problem. It is sad."
Twenty seven-year-old Anelka has played for Les Bleus just three times in the last four years and was not selected for the World Cup this summer.
But he has welcomed the opportunity and insisted added maturity had made a massive difference to his game.
"I won't say I feel surprised, even though I have had no contact with the technical staff since my arrival at Bolton," he told L'Equipe.
"If I have to play I will do my best to help Les Bleus.
"Over the years I have become tired fighting against everyone.
"I tell you my view has changed: now I just want to have fun on the pitch."
While the former Arsenal front man has been delighted by the international developments he has also insisted the domestic move had helped.
"I clearly appreciate the recall to the national team, but the most important thing to me was to come back to a league I love," he added.
"We are third in The Premiership with Bolton, but it is difficult to know exactly what our ambitions could be. There are still a lot of matches to play.
"I signed at Bolton to have fun and am not at my best yet but I am not far away from finding all of my abilities again."
Coverage of France's hotly anticipated showdown with table-toppers Scotland kicks off live from 5pm on Sky Sports 1.