The Manchester United striker has failed to re-establish himself in the French side since being banned from the game for eight months last year after assaulting a Crystal Palace supporter. On his return he inspired United to the League and Cup double, but Aime Jacquet , the French coach, remained unimpressed and left out Cantona last week when he named his 22-man squad for the Championship.
"I think a lot of officials thought I was dead after the Crystal Palace case," Cantona said in an interview with the French weekly Paris-Match, which was published yesterday. "Since I was not completely dead, and since I even resurrected, they have done everything they could to make sure I died a second time. We'll see who dies in the end."
Cantona said he had accepted the decision "with serenity. Still, I thought my 45 caps and 20 goals for France could have been taken into consideration," he said.