Marlet back in for France

Tuesday 16 April 2002

Striker Steve Marlet has been called up to Roger Lemerre's France squad to face Russia on Wednesday.

Marlet initially was excluded from the squad, but the French national coach has now appeared to have had a change of heart regarding the Fulham front man.

Whilst Lemerre previously admitted that there was nothing to read into any possible exclusions, Marlet will clearly be delighted at getting an extra opportunity to impress ahead of France's final selection.

Speaking on behalf of the French Football Federation, spokesman Philippe Tournon said, "We have called him up as a reinforcement. We don't want to say why."

Marlet joined up with his compatriots on Tuesday morning.