The 31-year-old has since insisted he will never play for his country again but admitted his gesture was aimed at the French authorities and he knows other France players will understand.
"It was just something for the French Federation about what happened at the World Cup," said Anelka.
"What happened in summer is in the past, now I'm 100% focused for Chelsea."
When asked if he would ever consider playing for France again, he replied: "No, never. It was just a joke about what happened. I'm not angry."