Laurent Robert has recated angrily to France coach Jacques Santini’s decision to call up Liverpool’s Bruno Cheyrou ahead of him for Wednesday’s friendly against Holland.

Robert has been in good form for Newcastle this season and feels his efforts have merited an international call-up. However, Sanntini has once again overlooked the Newcastle wideman, opting instead for Liverpool utility player Bruno Cheyrou.

“This is a huge disappointment,” Robert told Le Parisien.

“With all the injuries, I really thought my time had come.

“I felt my luck had finally turned.

“I have proved my value to Newcastle and I believe the Bleus coaching staff know this too.

“But I have never been contacted by Santini or his assistants.

“It is hard to believe that reports of my good performances in England do not filter back to the selectors.”

Asked what had upset him the most, Robert replied: “To see that Bruno Cheyrou had been selected on the left side.

“His selection was like a hammer blow to the head.

“I think I can add something to the French team, even as a second attacker.

“In this team there is no major left-sided player, I believe that with a bit of luck that could be me.

“I am frustrated at not being selected, but I will continue to believe.

“Every Thursday, for the last three years, I have waited with impatience forÊthe announcement of the squad.

“And, like all the other times, this is a big slap in the face.”