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France winger Mathieu Valbuena has stated that he is ready to battle Jeremy Menez for a berth on the right side of midfield.

Olympique de Marseille winger Mathieu Valbuena has indicated that he feels fortunate to have been convened by newly appointed France coach Laurent Blanc for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers and that he is ready to fight for his spot on the right of midfield.

One of only nine players from the ill-fated World Cup squad to have been called by ‘Le President’, Valbuena has indicated that he wants to battle for a spot on the wing with Jeremy Menez, who is expected to be given the nod for Friday’s encounter against Belarus.

“I've always worked like that,” he considered, musing over his selection position to the press, France Football has reported. “I've always experienced competition since I signed as a professional. This serves to advance [you], with your club or national team.

“I am lucky to be called by Laurent Blanc. It is a sign of confidence. It’s for me to prove and to restore confidence here.”

Valbuena has won three caps for France, scoring on his international debut against Costa Rica in Lens.

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