Playing for your country: It's an honour....or it's compulsory
Apparently France coach Raymond Domenech has issued a warning to Chelsea's Claude Makelele in regard to joining the France team for the Euro2008 qualifiers. Makelele made his retirement clear from international football after the World Cup final, where he was one of a few excellent players for France, along with Lillan Thuram. Yet both have been recalled by Domenech.
If Makelele fails to join up, he faces a domestic two-game ban. Domenech made it clear to Makelele and Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho that Makelele had no choice. Now I am getting even more bewildered with football rules. Now a player has no choice but to play internationally even when he does not want to. What is that about? Did Domenech not speak to the players when they announced their retirement or decided to avoid that until the qualifiers are near and then felt brave to do so? And since it is not the national squad a player is contracted to, why is there an obligation? Surely there are other players who can fill the void.