Charles N'Zogbia has spoken of his joy at earning his first call-up to the France Under 21 team.
The Newcastle star, who signed a new five-year deal at the club earlier this week, has been rewarded for a fine start to the season by being called into the squad for Friday's clash with Wales.
N'Zogbia claims he was barred from the Under 21 squad in the past because of his controversial departure from Le Havre to Newcastle in 2004.
The 21-year-old has admitted he was upset to be ignored by his country in the past, but is relishing the prospect of pulling on a French shirt for the Under 21s.
"I am happy the controversy with my departure to Newcastle is now settled," N'Zogbia told L'Equipe.
"Do I keep something against Le Havre? They wasted me for two or three years, preventing me from playing with the national teams.
"But now I want to forget all that. That made me stronger.
"I had no contact with France, and I was a little upset with my country for that.
"My club reassured me, telling me one day they will call me. Wearing the French shirt is both a proud moment and an opportunity to finally show myself in my own country."
The versatile performer has been happy with his own and Newcastle's start to the new season and he believes The Magpies can finish in the top five this term.
Target"This season it's got off smoothly with the new coach," added N'Zogbia.
"I am proud to be at the club, and I believe the club is proud of me, as I have just signed a new five-year contract.
"I believe we can make something good in the Premier League this season. We aim for the first five positions."