Josuha Guilavogui has thanked his St Etienne team-mates after earning a maiden call-up to the France squad.
The Ollioules-born midfielder was named in the national squad for next month's matches against Uruguay and Brazil, reaping the rewards of a fine season that has seen him contribute to his side's Coupe de la Ligue success, as well as their battle for a top-four finish.
That bid continues with tomorrow's visit of Marseille, a match Guilavogui will go into brimming with confidence.
The 22-year-old has represented his country at youth and under-21 level but admits he was surprised to be handed a senior call-up.
``I am still struggling to believe it,'' he told his club's official website.
``Being called into the France team is fabulous. I already had caps for France youth but this joy is ten times greater.
``I have received congratulations from St Etienne, coach Christophe Galtier, the staff and my team-mates and I want to thank them because they helped me to succeed in a good season.''
Guilavogui has vowed not to let news of his call get in the way of a strong end to the campaign, though.
``Before thinking about Les Bleus, there are two matches to negotiate with my club. This is the current priority,'' he added.
Marseille are unlikely to be straightforward opponents for St Etienne, despite apparently having little to play for.
They have already lost the title race to Paris St Germain and cannot be caught in second place but despite that, they are enjoying a superb run.
They have not been beaten in 10 matches, winning their last four.
Coach Elie Baup is proud of that run and is stunned it has not been enough to bring the title to OM.
``It has been a path of quality over the last 10 games, with seven wins and three draws,'' he said.
``Each of us can be proud and happy, from president Jose Anigo through the staff, players and all components.
``It is unbelievable that Paris have more points.''