African Cup of Nations - Taarabt wants Morocco call

QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt has confirmed he wants to play for Morocco at the African Cup of Nations next month.

Hoops manager Harry Redknapp last week revealed he had asked Taarabt to miss the tournament to stay and help struggling QPR in their battle to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

But Taarabt, 23, is hoping he earns a recall by his country for the continental finals, which take place in South Africa from January 19 to February 2.

He has been out of favour with Morocco recently but is playing to impress national team coach Rachid Taoussi, who took charge in the summer.

"I will do everything I can to prove to him that I deserve to be there," Taarabt told the African football blog on www.lequipe.fr.

Discussing Redknapp's request for him to stay in London, Taarabt said: "He came to see me to ask me not to go but I told him, `If they call me, I can't refuse, boss. I love my country, I love the Moroccan people and football means a lot to them'.

"I warned him that the only solution was that the coach doesn't call me up."

Taarabt added: "The coach isn't obliged to take me. I hope to be at the African Nations Cup but even if I'm not there, and that would be painful, I will be the biggest Morocco supporter."