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Monday 23 October 2017

Ribery not returning to France

Franck Ribery will not back down on his retirement from the France national team.

The 31-year-old Bayern Munich winger (right) missed this summer's World Cup with a back problem and called time on his international career once the tournament was over.

UEFA president Michel Platini, himself a former France international and coach, warned last week that Ribery could be suspended from playing for his club if he rejected an attempt from national coach Didier Deschamps to persuade him to return.

But Ribery said: "I took this decision in consultation with Didier Deschamps. I want to concentrate on my club and I will not change my opinion."

Platini had warned that Ribery would be in breach of FIFA regulations should he reject a call-up.

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