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STERN JOHN and Chris Birchall look set to follow through with their threat to quit international football.

Coventry City's Trinidad and Tobago stars are locked in a stalemate with their country's Football Federation over an alleged breach of contract regarding sponsorship payments from the World Cup.

"The players' committee of 15 are not happy with the TTFF proposal of sponsorship money that has been offered to us and therefore we will not be playing again until we get what we feel is rightfully ours," confirmed Birchall.

"At the moment we have heard no more so there is no chance of us playing unless things change in the coming weeks and months."

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old revealed he and John were powerless to act in the recent club versus country row that saw the pair on duty in the Caribbean for what Sky Blues' boss Micky Adams dubbed "two meaningless friendlies" against St Vincent and Panama.

"It is difficult for everyone involved because the club want us to stay and our country want us to go, so I understand both parties," said Birchall.

"The gaffer has been great with me about it.

"He knew I was a Trinidad international when he signed me and, to be honest, seeing me play for my country probably clinched the move for me.

"I accept that friendlies don't have a great deal of meaning, apart from getting the team prepared for tournaments but, as players, we don't have a choice in the matter.

"It is Fifa who sanction the international week.

"We spoke to the gaffer before we went and he asked if we would come back after the first game in time to be available for the Southend match.

"We were happy to ask for that but Trinidad insisted that we stay for the second game.

"Fifa then got involved and they ruled that we had to stay.

"So it is a difficult situation because in normal circumstances, obviously we want to play for both club and country."