Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, who began his Blues career in underwhelming fashion only to blossom under interim manager Guus Hiddink, believes his current form warrants a national call-up.
Furthermore, the 29-year-old, formerly of Olympique Lyonnais, is adamant that he is not "an ugly duckling" of the French national side.
"I am glad to
play at the level which is right for me, so I feel good," he explained to French journal
L'Equipe. "If I am here it is because I have a role to play.
"My performances are being recognised and that pleases me.
"I am not an
ugly duckling," he protested.
"When I play there is the impression that there are no other options, but the figures show the opposite.
"I am proud of what I do with Chelsea," he concluded.
Alan Dawson, Goal.com