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Which former Arsenal and Chelsea player has put the boot in on his country?

Lassana Diarra has announced his international retirement and the former Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder used the opportunity to take a passing shot at the French national team set-up.

Lassana Diarra is one of those strange breed of footballers who must have had a very good agent or I was completely blind to their appeal. The 28-year-old struggled in his youth career; being turfed out by both Nantes and Le Mans before finding a place at Le Havre.

Then in 2005 Chelsea acquired him as he was being named the ‘’new Makelele’ in regards to his defensive midfield play. Depsite little flashes of that promise he never lived up to the standard of possibly the greatest defensive midfielder of all time and he struggled for first-team football.

He went to Arsenal where again he was a bit-part feature before a move to Portsmouth and then a stint at Real Madrid.

So here is a player who has played for three of Europe’s top clubs and won the FA Cup twice, League Cup once and the La Liga title.

Yet his talent has never really been appreciated and now that under-appreciation has seen him make the ultimate decision in regards to his international career; Lassana Diarra has retired from international football.

But he has not gone out with a whimper; rather he appears to have decided to have a swipe at the French national team before disappearing into the Dagestan night.

After saying his career with Les Bleus was finished the player had a few choice words to say about the Didier Deschamps and Laurent Blanc regimes in which he featured so sparsely.

He criticised Deschamps for not taking his current club Anzhi Makhachkala and the Russian League seriously by exclaiming that Anzhi ‘would not finish last’ in the Ligue 1 table.

He also criticised the way in which Laurent Blanc protected certain members of the national team whilst leaving others out to dry.

Ever since Zinedine Zidane planted his balding head into the solar-plexus of Marco Materazzi the French national side has had its fair share of controversies.

From player mutinies, late night orgies or not singing La Marseillaise the French public have certainly had their fair share of issues to deal with.

Therefore the words of a player who has not featured for France since November 2010 may not have to big an impact on the thought process of the Gallic public.

However it is once again an unwanted blip on the French national team ahead of an important fixture double this month.

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