Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor has rejected the advances of his country to help the Eagles’ relegation battle.

The 32-year-old had been called up by Togo for their upcoming home and away friendlies against Tunisia on March 22 and 26.

However, he has turned down their call to concentrate on Palace’s final nine games of the Premier League season.

Alan Pardew’s side currently sit 15th in the table on 33 points but haven’t won in the league since December 19.

And Adebayor, who joined the Selhurst Park in January, concedes his priorities are with them at present rather than Togo as he continues to reach full match fitness.
‘I thank you for having me selected for the matches against Tunisia,’ the Palace striker wrote on Facebook.

‘This would be an honour to play for my country. However, I don’t think this is the opportune moment. Indeed, as you probably know, I just signed for a new team in London and I’m doing everything I can to be at 100 per cent physically and mentally.

‘I’m practicing very hard with Crystal Palace in order to ensure the best results for the team during the rest of the season. And unfortunately I do not wish to interrupt this training because it would affect me physically and mentally. And I have to decline your offer to be part of the team for these games.

‘I wish you a great success for these matches and I will follow as your biggest fan.’
Adebayor has scored just once in seven appearances for Palace so far will be hoping to improve that record when they travel to Reading for their FA Cup sixth-round tie on Friday night.