N'Zogbia out to impress Blanc

06 August 2010 08:19
Wigan midfielder Charles N'Zogbia hopes to impress Laurent Blanc after his France call-up for the friendly against Norway next week.

N'Zogbia is aiming to capitalise on the absence of France's World Cup players.

N'Zogbia is one of 15 uncapped players in Blanc's first squad since succeeding Raymond Domenech as coach.

The raft of changes stem from Blanc's decision, backed by the French Football Federation, to suspend all 23 players involved in a World Cup campaign plagued by failure and infighting.

N'Zogbia, 24, was thrilled after hearing the news of his inclusion, and told L'Equipe: "I've been waiting for this for a long time.

"This proves that, with hard work, you can get there. Even though my inclusion is due to the absence of the World Cup players, it is a good chance to show what I can do.

"We will see how it goes in Norway, but I know very well that now that I have been included by Les Bleus, the hardest thing will be staying there."

Other exciting talents in line to make their first appearances for the national team include Roma forward Jeremy Menez, Lyon full-back Aly Cissokho and Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

Source: Team_Talk