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Man City veteran Vieira: I was never given chance to turn down Senegal

Manchester City veteran Patrick Vieira says he never heard from the Senegal FA before committing himself to France.

The France midfielder was born in Senegal and is heavily involved in developing the game in Africa through his Diambars Academy project.

He said: "I never had a choice to make, I was in the French youth team and never had contact with the Senegal national team, but I don't have any regrets. But now there is a new rule so that if you got in the youth team (for one country) you can go and play in the senior team (of another).

"You can see the Algeria team, some of them played in the French youth team but played for the Algerian (senior) team. This is a good change for African countries, that will make them stronger."

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