France's national football coach called up David Trezeguet to face one of Mali or England in friendlies this week after Karim Benzema withdrew with an injury. The Juventus striker and coach Raymond Domenech have had a rocky relationship.
While David Beckham hopes to win his 100th cap for England on the Stade de France pitch, David Trezeguet could get an opportunity to convince France coach Raymond Domenech he deserves to make the trip to the Euro 2008 finals .
The Juventus marksman had ruled out his chances of playing the tournament in Austria and Switzerland in June after again being left out by Domenech.
Late on Sunday, however, the 30-year-old was called to the rescue after Karim Benzema hurt his ankle in his Olympique Lyon side's 4-2 Ligue 1 win over Paris St Germain.
Serie A's top scorer with 17 goals, Trezeguet, who has scored 34 goals in 70 appearances, has not played for France since their 1-0 defeat by Scotland in a Euro 2008 qualifier last September in Paris.
A member of France's 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning teams, Trezeguet has a difficult relationship with Domenech and has suffered from the rise of talented young strikers such as the 20-year-old Benzema.
Trezeguet knows Wednesday's match will be the last before Domenech unveils his 23-man Euro 2008 squad in May and scoring a goal or two would be an important statement.
Date created : 2008-03-24