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Feb 3, 2012

Cisse: I moved to help Euro 2012 hopes

France striker Djibril Cisse is hoping that his transfer deadline-day move to QPR from Lazio will improve his chances of being selected for Les Bleus' Euro 2012 squad this summer.

Cisse, 30, left Serie A after becoming frustrated at being played on the wing rather than his preferred central striking role and he is now keen to prove his goalscoring credentials in the Premier League.

The former Liverpool frontman is confident that if he impresses in the English top flight, France coach Laurent Blanc will pick him for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

"It was the chance for me to join back Premier League. I seized the opportunity," Cisse told L'Equipe. "I was not very often in the Lazio team anymore. This season so far, I assisted eight times, but it hurt me to not score anymore.

"I didn't play in the centre anymore, but on the right or the left, when I was not on the bench. I had never experienced that before. I have been honest with Lazio officials. They understood it was in no one's interest to keep me. But at first I really wanted to stay.

"Euro 2012? Indeed I left notably for that. But I was also not happy anymore in Rome. I sulked on and out of the pitch. I was in a filthy mood. Football is my life and I absolutely need to be on the pitch.

"QPR being in 16th place? Wherever I play, the most important for Euro 2012 is what I will achieve on the pitch. If I am good and score 10 or 12 goals before the end of the season, it could make people think about.

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