Cameroon coach Hugo Broos says the Joel Matip “case” is closed and the defender is no longer in his plans.
Liverpool’s Matip was one of several players who snubbed Cameroon’s successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon earlier this year.
Broos said he wanted the defender to return to the national team but that now seems to unlikely. He told BBC Sport,
“It’s impossible to have contact with him. I did [send]a few messages. He never answered.”
“I phoned him a few times. He never answered, so it’s clear he doesn’t want to play for Cameroon.”
Matip, capped 27 times, has not played for Cameroon since 2015, citing a “bad experience” with the coaching staff before Broos took over.
“For me that case is closed and I will never think again about Matip,” said Broos.
Two of the players who missed the Nations, Ajax keeper Andre Onana and Marseille’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, are in Broos’ latest squad.
They both could play for the Indomitable Lions at the Confederations Cup in Russia in June.