Ribery could perform France u-turn like Zidane, says Deschamps

The 45-year-old remains hopeful that the tricky attacker could make a Bleus comeback, but has stressed he will only call him up again if he's in the right state of mind
France could Didier Deschamps believes Bayern Munich attacker Franck Ribery could follow in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and go back on his decision to retire from international football.

The 31-year-old winger recently announced that he would no longer be making himself available for Les Bleus as he wants to focus on his family.

However, Deschamps is not giving up hope on Ribery performaing a dramatic u-turn on his international retirement ahead of Euro 2016 in France.

"It's his choice. He has made an announcement and I have taken notice of it. But who knows how he feels in two years' time," Deschamps was quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

"A lot of players came back on their decision after retiring, and some big names at that. Zidane also quit after Euro 2004 and then made his comeback in 2005.

"What will be important for me is to analyse his mental condition. Would it be a good thing for him and for the group to call him up again? If necessary, I can be quite radical."

Ribery has won 82 senior caps for France since making his debut in 2006, but missed out on this summer's World Cup after failing to recover from a chronic back problem.