The Tottenham Hotspur outcast seems to have lost the chance to play for his nation for the time being.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s career appears to be frittering away into an acrimonious end. The Tottenham Hotspur striker failed to negotiate a move away from the club this summer with potential transfers to Aston Villa, West Ham and Lazio all failing to materialise.
The Togo striker, who is in the final year of his contract at White Hart Lane, has now been banished from international duty.
He was called up by Togo boss Tom Saintfiet for the African Nations qualifiers with Djibouti and Liberia this international break, however he failed to show for the Djibouti fixture.
Now the Belgian has announced that Adebayor is not going to be playing for Togo again under his management, comparing the grumpy striker to a disillusioned potential spouse. He is quoted by Sky Sports as stating:
"If you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman.
"For me, it is clear that it is a player who does not want to play for his country anymore and he does not want his country to be qualified for the next African Cup of Nations.
"He has agreed to play against Liberia, and not against Djibouti. For me, it is not the duty of a player to decide against which opponent he will play."
Adebayor, who has 29 goals for Togo in 63 appearances, helped them qualify for the World Cup in 2006 and initially retired from international duty after his team’s bus came under gunfire in Angola prior to the 2013 African Cup of Nations.
He returned in 2013 but it would seem that his international career, the only chance he seems to have of playing football this season, is now over at 31-years-old.