French Ligue 1 Stade Rennais defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyick announced on Friday that he had decided to play his senior international career with Cameroon after debuting with the France U21 team in 2009.
Born in France, the 22-year-old son of former Cameroon international André Kana-Biyik had nursed the ambition of joining the French senior team but gave up when coach Laurent Blanc didn't take notice of him.
“I can say it loud that I’ve chosen to play for Cameroon. There will be no reversal. I’ve given my word to the Cameroon Football Federation,” Kana-Biyick told L'Equipe.
“I’m quite sure that Laurent Blanc will not change his squad that qualified for the Euro 2012. In Cameroon, there is a strong desire to see me play for the Indomitable Lions, a thing I’ve never seen here in France."
However, his side’s coach Frederic Antonetti said he was shocked by the player’s choice, when he felt he could have obtained a spot with the French team.
“I was stunned but I respect his choice even if I do not agree with him,” said Antonetti.
“I’ve expressed my feelings to him. I love Kana. He’s is a very good player and I thought he had the potential to play for France.”