Menez admits frustration with France bench role at Euro 2012

The 25-year-old has only featured sporadically for Laurent Blanc's French side, but insists that he is ready for action should he be called upon to help the team
 Mohammed Ali
 France Expert
Despite his form at club level for Paris Saint-Germain, it is likely that Menez will have to just make do with a bit-part role at Euro 2012. Fourth in the pecking order behind starters Franck Ribery, Florent Malouda as well as vying with Mathieu Valbuena for a starting berth, Laurent Blanc will be satisfied with his current crop of players, making Menez's wish look all the more unlikely.

Nevertheless, the 25-year-old, who has scored one goal in six appearances for France this year, could be considered as an alternative should Blanc revert to a 4-3-3 formation in which Menez excelled against Iceland in June.

Jeremy Menez has admitted that he is not accustomed to the bit-part role that he has been reduced to for France at their Euro 2012 campaign.

Since leaving Roma for Paris Saint-Germain last summer, the 25-year-old has been a regular starter at club level, scoring seven league goals and winning a place in his country's European Championship 23-man squad.

However, with Laurent Blanc's side, he is finding game-time much harder to come by, and confessed that he is not used to his current situation.

"This year, I've not been accustomed to staying on the bench, so I've had to prepare differently," he said according to RMC.

"It's different. I have to be at 100 per cent to help the team, and that's what I'm doing, even if I would prefer to be on the pitch. I'm there to be a champion.

"If I have to play, I'll be there 100%, and if we return, I'll be there as well. When you do not have the rhythm to be a substitute, it is not always obvious.

"We must prepare for that, and it's not always easy."

France's next match, against co-hosts Ukraine, kicks off at 18:00CET on Friday.