Yossi Benayoun claims he is more interested in getting fit than helping England qualify for Euro 2008 after picking up a groin injury that is expected to keep him out for three weeks.
Injury means the Liverpool midfielder will stand down as Israel captain on Sunday when they host Russia in a qualifying match where an away win would all but end England´s hopes of reaching the finals.
Benayoun was expected to play a key role, and he told Israel´s Sport 5: "Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch have been driving me crazy in the last few weeks. But my health is more important than England´s needs and I must rest and take care of myself."
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