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Franck Ribery sends tweet about Adrien Rabiot's refusal to be on France's stand-by list

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It’s every footballer’s dream to play in the World Cup, right?

Well, not if your Adrien Rabiot, it seems.

The Paris Saint-German midfielder was always up against it to make Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad with the likes of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi called-up infront of him.

And Rabiot was far from impressed at being a ‘reserve.’

According to reports, he’s written an email to the French Football Federation stating that he’s not willing to be among the reserves.

On Wednesday, Deschamps confirmed the reports and insisted that the player is making a big mistake.

"It was not a letter sent, it was an email that arrived Monday late afternoon," he said. "I became aware of its content. Of course, Adrien signed it.

"I called him to have a confirmation that it was he who had sent this email. He did not answer me. I got confirmation from my manager. In the process, I warned my president of the content. I also warned the president of PSG because he is a PSG player.

"I was surprised of course. I can understand the disappointment, the immense disappointment, but to take such a position ... we are talking about a young player who for a while was in the French group. He excludes himself from the team. 

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"I dare to hope that through some decisions like this it will allow him to mature, to reflect. I am convinced that he made a huge mistake in taking such a position. 

"He refuses his status as a reservist, to follow a program, and if there was a problem of being called as a substitute. It is his decision he assumes."

And it seems Rabiot is now the laughing stock in France.

One man that is taking the mickey is Franck Ribery.

The 35-year-old retired from international football in 2014 but joked that Deschamps had just phoned him because there’s a spare space on the reserve list.

RIBERY'S TWEET ABOUT RABIOT

He tweeted in French but it translates to: "I'm in Ibiza, I've just been called, is there a reserve seat? Didier, I'm ready!”

Brilliant.

In just one hour, Ribery’s post was retweeted more than 20,000 times - including by Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

How’s that for viral?

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