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World Cup - Anelka on his ommission

"I am hated".

Or so ran the headline in todays Mirror.

Following the injury to Djibril Cisse, it was believed that either Nicolas Anelka or Ludovic Giuly would be the front-runners to replace the Liverpool striker in the French squad.

However, coach Raymond Domenech caused somewhat of a surprise by naming Lyon's (and believed City target) Sidney Govou as Cisse's replacement, probably ending any hopes of us signing him in the process.

What Nico actually said:

"I was available to help so it is a shame. This is more of a personality problem than anything else".

Nice interpretation.