Trezeguet ends international career

French striker David Trezeguet has announced his retirement from international football following news that Raymond Domenech is to stay on as national team coach, the Gazzetta dello Sport has confirmed. "The bad EURO situation and the confirmation of coach have forced me to make this irreversible decision," the Juventus striker said at the club's training ground.

Trezeguet had a successful career with Les Bleus, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™ and UEFA EURO 2000, where he scored a spectacular golden goal to secure a dramatic late win over Italy. But he and Domenech have had strained relations, with the player recently claiming the coach had no confidence in his abilities.

Trezegol, who scored 20 goals for Juventus last season, was outraged recently when he failed to make France's 30-man preliminary squad for EURO 2008. "What's happened to me is unacceptable and inexcusable," Trezeguet said in May. "On the pitch I've shown that I deserve my place. The choices made are incomprehensible, I deserve to go to the EURO."

The 30-year-old had earmarked South Africa 2010 as his last chance to feature for his country in a major tournament. "I hope that for my last opportunity - the World Cup in South Africa - something will change," he said recently. 

Despite France's poor showing at EURO 2008, however, Domenech last week received the backing of the French Football Federation, effectively ending Trezeguet's hopes of making an international comeback.