David Trezeguet will be hoping France coach Raymond Domenech gives him an opportunity to make a long-awaited appearance against Argentina.
Trezeguet’s father is Argentinian and the Juventus striker grew up in the South American country before moving to France.
Trezeguet made the decision to represent Les Bleus over his country of birth – a choice he says he does not regret.
“I would like to be there, among those selected,’ he said. “But I’m trying to be realistic.
‘Djibril [Cisse] is at Marseille, and has had matches. Nicolas [Anelka] has had the same thing in England. They have the same desire as me to start.
“To be honest, I have been thinking about this match since 1998. I am happy that I have the chance to play them.”
“I haven’t been Argentinian since I was 17. At that age, I had to make a choice. I am very proud to wear the Blue shirt and I have no regrets.”
Cisse is one of Trezeguet’s rivals for a place alongside Thierry Henry up front.
But Cisse, back in the squad after a lengthy lay-off through injury, believes he may have to wait his turn.
“I would say Titi [Henry] is untouchable,” he said. “Then there is David, who, in my opinion, and I might be mistaken, is ahead of us.”
For Argentina, Roberto Ayala will be featuring in his 107th game, making him their most-capped player.
“I never want to lose this feeling of pride I get when I put on the Argentina jersey,” the Valencia defender said.
“The young players ask me for my advice, but they are a lot more mature than I was at their age.”