Ribery should make France comeback, says Zidane

The 1998 World Cup winner is hopeful the Bayern Munich attacker will reverse his decision to retire from international football

Former France star Zinedine Zidane has urged Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to reconsider his decision to quit international football and make a comeback ahead of Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old announced that he would no longer be available for France earlier this summer after missing the World Cup due to injury, but Zidane remains hopeful the Bayern Munich winger will play at the European Championship on home soil in two years’ time.

“When you have a talented player like Ribery with so much quality, it would be good to see him back in the team,” Zidane told Canal+.

“I also retired from international football back in 2004, but I simply couldn’t live with it in the six months that followed.

“When you play at the highest level and enjoy playing matches, you want to grab each opportunity to play. I could no longer sit still and do nothing for three to four days when my team-mates were away on international duty. I was all by myself on the training pitch in Madrid and told myself things couldn’t go on like that.

“I had to play for the national team if I wanted to continue to feel like a great player. I hope that Franck will also make the decision to make a comeback. That would be great for France.”

Ribery has made 81 appearances for France, scoring 16 goals in the process.