David Trezeguet believes he can help France win their World Cup play-off match despite not playing for the national side for over a year.
The Juventus striker has repeatedly fallen out with national team manager Raymond Domenech and last played for his country in a friendly against England in March 2008.
Trezeguet also found first-team opportunities hard to come by under Claudio Ranieri last season and had seemed set to leave Juve in the summer, but under new manager Ciro Ferrara he seems to have rediscovered his form.
“I have not kissed goodbye to the French team,” he told L’Equipe.
“I am still available in that difficult period. To get qualification, the coach must have all the trumps.
“If Domenech believes I can be helpful, I am keen to play in the play-off. I feel I can bring something.”
However Trezeguet was quick to point out that he felt France should have beaten off the challenge of eventual group winners Serbia.
“I am very surprised the French team has to go through the play-offs,” he added.
“We have players with exceptional individual qualities. The French team had everything to get direct qualification.”