Mathieu Debuchy is delighted to have been handed a call-up by France, but admits he feels sorry for the stricken Bacary Sagna.
Les Bleus boss Laurent Blanc has turned to Debuchy after seeing Arsenal full-back Sagna suffer a broken leg in Sunday's North London derby.
The Lille man has never been capped by his country and is honoured to have been drafted in.
At the age of 26, and with well over 200 appearances behind him, Debuchy is hoping he can make his international bow in the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.
He is, however, fully aware that he has benefited from the misfortune of a fellow countryman and a top player.
"It is my first call-up for the national team and I am very, very happy," Debuchy told skysports.com.
"It is a dream come true and I would like to thank my team-mates, my family and my coaching team at Lille for helping me to improve and make this possible.
"I am, however, very sad for Sagna and the injury he suffered. I hope he will be fully fit soon. My thoughts are with him because no-one likes to see players injured like that.
"I hope I can convince Laurent Blanc that I am deserving of many more calls in the future."