Arsenal defender William Gallas is confident he will be fit to play for France at the World Cup. The 32-year-old limped out of Arsenal's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against Barcelona after suffering a recurrence of his calf injury.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted his gamble on the veteran defender, who had not played for six weeks, failed to pay off. Gallas was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season.

If you are not confident, you can forget about the World Cup.

France international and Arsenal defender William Gallas.

France manager Raymond Domenech was less than impressed by the whole situation, but Gallas believes he will be fit to join up with his country ahead of the trip to South Africa.

"I wanted to play this game against Barcelona, because I am a competitor," Gallas told French TV station CanalPlus. "I wanted to play against the best players and the medical staff and fitness coach were in agreement." he said.

"Now my objective is not to suffer any relapse and I am confident. If you are not confident, you can forget about the World Cup," said Gallas.

Arsenal, also without captain Cesc Fabregas through injury, saw their Barclays Premier League title hopes disappear this weekend following a 3-2 defeat at Wigan on Sunday.  Wenger's side threw away a two-goal lead in the last 10 minutes to lose 3-2.