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France striker Djibril Cisse is confident he can revive his international career at Sunderland.

Cisse has made an impressive start on his return to the Barclays Premier League, where injuries blighted a two-year stay at Liverpool earlier in his career, with two goals in seven appearances to date as he finds his feet once again.

But, after being cut from the provisional France squad to face Romania this week, he insists there is lot more to come and said: "I like playing for France so at the moment, I am a bit disappointed that I am not in. But I am going to try to work hard and have a good season with Sunderland, and maybe I will come back."

He added: "I am always on the pre-list, but finally, I am not [in the squad].

"But it's going to come, it is going to come. It is just a case of being patient and it will come."

Patience is something Cisse has had to demonstrate in abundance in recent years after twice suffering leg fractures during his time at Liverpool.

The Arles-born frontman broke both his tibia and fibula at Blackburn in October 2004, and was back in plaster in June 2006 when he suffered another break in a World Cup warm-up game against China.

That injury scuppered a proposed move to Marseille from Anfield, although his form after his recovery persuaded Black Cats boss Roy Keane to make his move during the summer.

Sunderland may have been a surprise port of call for a man who was rated as one of the biggest emerging talents in the world game just a few short years ago, but Cisse is delighted to have been given another chance in English football.

He said: "My injuries made me realise that I'm really lucky. I enjoyed football in the past, but now every day, I wake up and I realise I can walk and do my job, so I am really happy and really enjoying it."

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