Malbranque's call-up

Tuesday 6 November 2001

Steed Malbranque has been rewarded for his outstanding performances with Fulham by being called up to the France Under-21 squad.

Malbranque will fly to France to join the squad today, and will travel to Bucharest for a European Under-21 Championship play-off clash against Romania on Saturday.

He will also be included in the side to play the return leg in Brest on November 14.

The 21-year-old has scored three of Fulham's last four goals and was a key figure in The Cottagers' victories over Southampton and West Ham.

Malbranque was born in Belgium but qualifies for France as a French National.

He has twice won the French championship at under-15 level (1994, 1995), the French Cup in the Olympique Lyon under-17 side and the amateur French championship with the reserves in 1998. He was also a part of the France side that finished as runners-up in the 1996 Under-16 European Championship.

Malbranque also captained France at the 1999 European under-18 Championships under the guidance of Fulham's assistant manager Christian Damiano.