Switzerland and Basle striker Alex Frei has vowed to continue playing for his country after the FIFA World Cup™. Frei is irritated at speculation he may retire from international football following the tournament.
"I have not thought about resigning. This is the wrong moment," said the Switzerland skipper ahead of the vital Group H match against Honduras Friday at the Free State Stadium. "I am proud to have won 76 caps and I hope there are many more to come. We have the qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2012 ahead and I would like to be involved in them."
Frei, who has scored 40 goals for his country, insists he is fully fit following an ankle injury and is having regular physio treatment at the team hotel. He is looking to start tomorrow after being replaced in the first half of the defeat by Chile.
However, Frei stressed: "It is down to the coach. I am here to serve the team in the best way I can. I am 100% fit now but can understand why I was taken off as I have not played a lot of football."
Meanwhile coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is leaving nothing to chance tomorrow in an attempt to secure his team's place in the last 16. The German boss will not only be focusing on his side's vital match but will also keep tabs on the clash between leaders Chile and reigning European champions Spain.
Hitzfeld said: "I will be well informed about what is happening in Pretoria. It could be that I will modify my tactics depending on the score. I feel that anything can happen in that game." Honduras have lost both matches and Hitzfeld said: "They have moments of confusion in defence and we have to take advantage of that."
Switzerland opened with a victory against Spain only to lose to Chile after Valon Behrami's red card.