Steed trusts in France
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steed Malbranque claims he has a burning desire to secure international honours.Steed Malbranque claims he has a burning desire to secure international recognition and hints he may have to switch his allegiance from France to Belgium to do so.
The midfielder has proved his class in The Premiership since moving to Fulham from Lyon four years ago.
Despite being one of the most gifted schemers in The Premiership, Malbranque has failed to catch the eye of France coach Raymond Domenech and is unlikely to earn a place in the squad for next summer's World Cup finals.
The 26-year-old claims he is ready to wait for his chance, but also admits he has thought of switching allegiance to Belgium - the country of his birth.
"I am living with two big ambitions," he told The Sunday Times. "To play for France and maybe one day with a bigger club in England."
The latter comment could cause concern at Craven Cottage, as he has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United in the past, while he admits there is still a possibility he could play for Belgium.
"I have that (playing for Belgium) in the back of my mind," he added. "But I regard myself as French and I would find it difficult to play with another shirt.
"It is a big decision for me but you never know what will happen in another two years."