France chance for Clichy

Gunners man eyes Les Bleus full-back spot

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France chance for Clichy

Clichy: France opportunity

I am eager to show the coach that I can bring something to the group. If I am playing on Friday, I will give it my all.

Gael Clichy
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Arsenal defender Gael Clichy is hoping to displace Patrice Evra as a regular in the France squad.

The Gunners star is likely to start Les Bleus' Euro 2012 qualifier against Belarus on Friday in place of Evra, who captained France during their shambolic World Cup campaign this year and earned an international suspension for his role in a player revolt.

Clichy has been limited to just five caps for his country due to his Manchester United rival's competence in the France back-line.

But the Arsenal man is well aware that Friday's qualifier presents him with a chance to turn that around.

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"I can't hide it, the door is slightly open," said Clichy. "I have a few months, a few training sessions and some games to show that I can settle in to the France team.

"But we are talking about a player (Evra) who has played about 30 times for France, Pat can't go out like that.

"Competition is fierce, as there is Aly Cissokho and Benedict Tremoulinas who are fighting for a spot. Only the best person will play.

"I am eager to show the coach that I can bring something to the group. If I am playing on Friday, I will give it my all."