'How can I call him up if he doesn't answer his phone?' - Taarabt left out of Morocco squad

The AC Milan playmaker did not pick up calls from manager Badou Ezzaki and will sit out of friendlies as a result as the coach focuses on players who will "contribute" to his team
AC Milan playmaker Adel Taarabt has been left out of Morocco's squad for the friendlies against Mozambique and Russia after failing to answer coach Badou Ezzaki's calls.

The 24-year-old has long had a turbulent international career and was left out of the squad altogether for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Having captained the team in their last game against Gabon, he was expected to feature in the two post-season matches but snubbed Ezzaki's attempts to get in touch with him.

"As I have said before, how can I call someone up when he doesn't want to pick up his phone or answer our messages?" he told reporters.

"You have given too much importance to this case. I have an entire project in which several players want to get involved and contribute. If someone doesn't, I won't make too much of it."

Goalkeepers: Khalid Askri (Raja Casablanca), Mohamed Amsif (Augsburg), Karim Fegrouche (AEL Limassol)

Defenders: Manuel Da Costa (Sivasspor), Mehdi Benatia (Roma), Zouhair Feddal (Sienne), Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (Montpellier), Mohamed Oulhaj (Raja Casablanca), Mohamed Abarhoun (Moghred Tetouan), Abderrahim Achchakir (FAR Rabat), Ayoub El Khaliqi (Wydad Casablanca), Zakaria El Hachimi (Raja Casablanca), Zakarya Bergdich (Valladolid), Achraf Lazaar (Palermo)

Midfielders: Issam El Adoua (Levante), Jamel Ait Ben Idir (Auxerre), Mounir El Obbadi (Monaco), Mohamed Berrabeh (Wydad Casablanca), Issam Erraki (Raja Casablanca), Nordin Amrabat (Malaga), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Abdelaziz Barrada (Al Jazira), Mbark Boussoufa (Lokomotiv Moscow), Omar El Kaddouri (Torino), Younes Belhanda (Dynamo Kiev), Aatif Chahechouhe (Sivasspor)

Attackers: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Guangzhou R&F), Youssef El Arabi (Granada), Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace)