N’Zogbia out to impress Blanc

N’Zogbia is aiming to capitalise on the absence of France’s World

Cup players. N’Zogbia is one of 15 uncapped players in Blanc’s

first squad since succeeding Raymond Domenech as coach. The raft of

changes stem from Blanc’s decision, backed by the French Football

Federation, to suspend all 23 players involved in a World Cup

campaign plagued by failure and infighting. N’Zogbia, 24, was

thrilled after hearing the news of his inclusion, and told

L’Equipe: “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. “This proves

that, with hard work, you can get there. Even though my inclusion

is due to the absence of the World Cup players, it is a good chance

to show what I can do. “We will see how it goes in Norway, but I

know very well that now that I have been included by Les Bleus, the

hardest thing will be staying there.” Other exciting talents in

line to make their first appearances for the national team include

Roma forward Jeremy Menez, Lyon full-back Aly Cissokho and Paris

Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.