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Emmanuel Adebayor posts Instagram message after Togo omission

The Tottenham striker was enjoying being back in Togo despite his problems with the national team.

Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor posted a message on his Instagram account yesterday highlighting his love of Togo and its people, just hours after being dropped from the national team. 

The 31-year-old posted pictures waving to a crowd, as well as giving food out to a large group of people, alongside the message: "I cannot describe the feeling I have every time I go home and visit my people. It was a blessing to connect with the people of Aneho the other day."

Whether this was a calculated response to new Togo manager Tom Saintfiet's decision to drop the country's star striker or not, it was clear that Adebayor was happy to be back home, and that its people were happy to welcome him.

It has been a difficult season for the former Arsenal striker, who scored just twice in his 10 games under Mauricio Pochettino, and Adebayor recently admitted to several personal issues that he was struggling to deal with.

The forward has been linked with moves to Aston Villa, West Ham and other clubs around Europe by the Telegraph this year, but has said that he wants to stay at Spurs for the final year of his contract.

Adebayor, alongside Kossi Agassa and Floyd Ayite, were axed from Monday's game with Ghana after failing to meet up with the rest of the group.

Belgian Saintfiet criticised the trio, but recognised that Adebayor is a special talent for the national team.

"It's their choice not to come to the hotel, not to be part of the group," he is quoted as saying on BBC Sport. "That makes the choice for me very easy to say these players are now not able to be part of the national team.

"A player like Emmanuel Adebayor is unique in Togolese football with his quality and he's a very strong player.

"But again, if a player wants to be part of the team, he has to be with the team, following the rules of the team."

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