Ipswich Town's Ibrahima Sonko happy to snub Senegal call

Ibrahima Sonko
Sonko has played eight Championship games for Ipswich this season

Ipswich Town defender Ibrahima Sonko has vowed to choose club over country should he receive a call-up to the Senegal squad.

The 30-year-old, who has four Senegal caps, has eased fears he would join the national side for January's Africa Cup of Nations.

"To be honest I'm not really interested," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"It would be nice to get a call-up, but even if I get it I would probably turn it down."

He added: "I'm not really into that anymore, it used to be a dream when I was a kid, now I've been there and done it, and it was great, but not that great.

"I will always support them but I would rather stay here and focus on my own team.

"If it happened [a call up] I think I would just retire from international football just to avoid any problems with Fifa or anything like that.

"I don't want to be a player who refuses to play so I think I would just retire - but for now I haven't been called up anyway."

The French-born centre-half has established himself as a first choice defender at Portman Road since agreeing a one-year deal in the summer.

But fitness problems have restricted the amount of training he can do and he is likely to miss Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, David Stockdale has reiterated his commitment to Ipswich.

The England keeper is on a season-long loan from Fulham and insists he is not eager for a first-team opportunity to open up at Craven Cottage.

"I'd like to stay until the end of the season to progress my development," he said.

"I'm only 26, which is quite young, I've got plenty of years to go at the top level."

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