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By ESPN Staff

Out-of-favour Giuly demands World Cup place

PARIS, April 18 (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Ludovic Giuly said on Tuesday he deserved a place in France's World Cup squad, despite being out of favour with coach Raymond Domenech.

'I wouldn't understand being left out,' Giuly was quoted as saying by sports daily L'Equipe. 'Going there is the only thing that matters. If the coach doesn't want me he will have to tell me but I'll do everything I can to be called up.'

The 29-year-old has won 17 caps but is not a first choice under Domenech and has not been selected for France's last three games.

French newspapers have repeatedly hinted that Domenech could pick Olympique Marseille's gifted midfielder Franck Ribery instead of Giuly.

Ribery, a key player for the Ligue 1 side, has yet to play for the French senior team.

'He (Ribery) is a good player and he is having a great season,' Giuly said. 'What I regret is that people easily forget for which club I'm playing, with which players I'm playing and in which championship I'm playing.'