Vieira tells Inter to back off over Scotland game

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PARIS, Sept 11 (Reuters) Patrick Vieira has told Inter Milan to back off after the Italian club said they hoped France would not field their midfielder in Tomorrow's Euro 2008 Group B qualifier against Scotland in Paris.

Inter Director of Sport Marco Branca told L'Equipe's Web site (www.lequipe.fr) today that he believed Vieira was at risk because he has just recovered from a hamstring injury.

The Serie A champions had also expressed concern about Vieira's fitness before Saturday's 0-0 draw with Italy in Milan, which the France captain played from start to finish.

''I have never chosen between club and country. If I'm all right I play for one and for the other,'' the 31-year-old midfielder told a news conference later today.

''If Inter prefer to speak via newspapers instead of telling me what they think, it is their problem. I don't usually talk about this sort of thing in the newspapers. I'm disappointed''.

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