Put your money on a Norway win!
Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia has been called up to a new-look France squad for the first time for their friendly against Norway on Wednesday.
N’Zogbia, who is of Congolese descent, had previously expressed a desire to play for England, his home since 2004.
He is one of 15 uncapped players in a group missing all 23 World Cup squad players, who were suspended due to the infighting that marred their campaign.
The match in Oslo represents new France coach Laurent Blanc’s first in charge.
N’Zogbia, 24, who has previously represented France at Under-21 level, was Wigan’s Players’ Player of the Year and Fans’ Player of the Season for 2009/10.
France squad: Nicolas Douchez (Rennes), Stephane Ruffier (Monaco), Aly Cissokho (Monaco), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Philippe Mexes (Roma), Adil Rami (Lille), Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain), Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux), Yohane Cabaye (Lille), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Blaise Matuidi (Saint-Etienne), Yann Mvila (Saint-Etienne), Charles N’Zogbia (Wigan), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Jimmy Briand (Lyon), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris St Germain), Jeremy Menez (Roma), Loic Remy (Nice). (BBC Sport)
Let me stress that I don’t think that Charles N’Zogbia is a bad player. Not at all. However he is damn inconsistent and a frustrating player to watch and has taken the term ‘flatter to deceive’ to whole new levels. There is a reason that the 24 year old has no full caps as yet and the fact that he only received a call up for this upcoming game is fairly clear. Namely the fact that none of the World Cup squad were available for selection.
However this is a chance for Charles and others to show what they are capable of because there will be a number of Domenech’s squad who will probably never be allowed back into the international picture.