Vieira confident of World Cup selection

PARIS - Patrick Vieira has said he is 100 percent sure of being in the France squad for this year's World Cup as long as he regularly plays for his club Manchester City.

Asked to rate his chances of playing the World Cup, the 33-year-old midfielder told Canal Plus on Sunday: "100 percent. I have the desire and the determination. I can fail but I can't see myself missing the World Cup.

"As long as I play, there is no reason for me to be left out of the squad," he added.

Vieira earned the last of his 107 caps in a 1-0 defeat by Nigeria in a friendly last June. France coach Raymond Domenech repeatedly said Vieira had to play more games at club level if he wanted to return to the squad.

The midfielder, struggling with a calf strain, has not played for Manchester City since joining the Premier League club from Serie A champions Inter Milan this month.

He said City manager Roberto Mancini had not promised him a regular starting place.

"He gave me no guarantee but the simple fact he convinced me to join him means a lot, it means he trusts me... there are a lot of good players in midfield... but I believe in me," Vieira said.