Claude Makelele will play against Italy despite claiming that the game will mark his international swansong.
“There is at least one player who is sure to play,” France coach Raymond Domenech told reporters, referring to the Chelsea midfielder.
France meet Italy in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday at the Stade de France in a re-run of the World Cup final Italy won on penalties in Germany.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho used the word ‘slave’ to describe Makelele’s relationship with his country, after Makelele was called up for the qualifiers despite announccing that he wanted to retire from international football.
Makelele confirmed last Thursday that he had wanted to retire from international football after the World Cup but said he would to do his best for France if picked.