Yohan Cabaye has revealed that he was both excited and intimidated by his return to the France fold.
The Newcastle United ace has not featured for les Bleus since their summer tour of South America, having been overlooked for the friendly against Belgium because he was suspended for the subsequent World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
Cabaye was also omitted for the meeting with Belarus because in was in dispute with his club at the time over a proposed transfer to Arsenal, so now he is keen to make up for lost time, even though he knows he faces a tough task in trying to win back his place in the France starting line-up given the squad's strength in depth.
"I missed it a lot," the 27-year-old told reporters on Monday. "I was behind the team but it's not easy to stay at home when the national team is playing.
"When you're not there, you're scared to go back because things change so quickly. And even when you're there, there is no security. They played good games without me.
"But I'm here now and I will try to do my best."
France meet Australia in a friendly on Friday before wrapping up their Group I campaign against Finland four days later.