We are Poles, protest French duo

05 June 2012 04:46

French-born Poland stars Ludovic Obraniak and Damien Perquis on Tuesday hit back at claims of failing to fit into the Euro 2012 hosts' squad.

"I've been in the squad for more than two years, and today I feel like I'm Polish. I love Poland, I love the Poles, and I love my team-mates too," Bordeaux midfielder Obraniak said.

"The atmosphere in our group is really good, and I'm happy," he added.

The former France under-21 international made his Poland debut in 2009, shortly after obtaining Polish citizenship thanks to his family roots.

Perquis has been a particular target of Jan Tomaszewski, Poland's 1970s goalkeeping icon who is now a right-wing MP.

"I don't want this kind of player in the national team," Tomaszewski told AFP.

"They didn't make it in their country's senior team, so they chose to play for Poland.

Source: AFP