Lyon coach Remy Garde has revealed veteran midfielder Steed Malbranque has received a pre call-up to the French national squad.
Malbranque, 32, has never played for Les Bleus but could be in line to gain his first cap in next Wednesday's friendly against Italy.
Now in his second spell at Lyon, he has reignited his career, and an impressive start to the season has caught the eye of national team head coach Didier Deschamps.
The full squad is to be announced on Thursday and according to Garde, the former Fulham and Tottenham man fully deserves his call up.
"If you do not consider his age, and his sabbatical year, but what he has achieved so far, I can see him in the French team." Garde told French radio station RMC.