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​Tottenham's Adebayor questions Toga international future

Togo and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is considering his international future after he was stripped of the captaincy for their match against Liberia.

The 31 year old was only told on the day of the 2017 African Cup of Nations tie that he would not wear the armband for Sunday's 2-1 win.

"For now, I don't know - I'll be here and I'll talk with the coach," he said.

"I need to know whether he really needs me in the team or not.

"I have been the captain for seven or eight years and then one morning I'm told I won't be the captain - that means that we can go to Djibouti and he will put me in the stands.

"So I'd rather quit the team than be sidelined or put in the stands there and I think this will be better for me and the team.

"We can change captain's everyday if we are playing street games in Lomé - but this is a national team.

"But what is sure I am going on holidays and allow me to enjoy my holidays before I decide."

However he has said that he does not want to captain the Hawks again.

"From now on, I will never captain this team again," he added.

"To tell me on the day of the match that I will not captain the team then it is very disrespectful"

Togo's new coach Tom Saintfiet however tried to play down the issue.

"I don't want to talk too much about this topic because I think that Emmanuel Adebayor is a natural captain for the team," the Belgian coach said.

"He does not necessarily need to have the captain's armband when he plays - he is the captain and the greatest Togolese player.

"He has played today as a great captain without armband.

"For me every player is like a captain - so we have eleven captains on the pitch and every player must be responsible as a captain.

"We may have a captain but you can only win a match with eleven players."

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