Silvestre Germany hopes revived

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Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has expressed his surprise at receiving a recall to the France squad.

The former Internazionale man held talks over a move to Lyon in January but stayed at Old Trafford despite the arrival of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

Silvestre has forced his way into the side at left back and started the Carling Cup final win against Wigan Athletic in Cardiff at the weekend.

A timely call from Raymond Domenech, his first inclusion for Les Bleus since October, 2004, has delighted Silvestre.

"It is a challenge I like," he told L'Equipe. "That forces my competitive nature.

"I have never been better than in adversity.

"After the final in Cardiff, I said to French TV that I could get some holidays in the summer.

"Then, going back to the airport, Louis Saha gave me the phone and it was Domenech's assistant.

"Raymond Domenech has always repeated there is no black list, we have to keep hope.

"So I worked that way. We are just a few months before the 23-player list. That call is a great challenge and I have nothing to lose.

"I have finally accepted the absence of dialogue.

"I gave my best with my club and I take advantage of the circumstances.

"Today, I have more chances to play in the World Cup than yesterday."