Anelka backing Chelsea pal Malouda for big World Cup

Nicolas Anelka has no doubts Chelsea teammate Florent Malouda will have a key World Cup role with France.

Nicolas Anelka has no doubts Chelsea teammate Florent Malouda will have a key World Cup role with France.

Both Chelsea players represent France's best hope for a good tournament in South Africa.

"He does this very well for Chelsea, so he can do it just as well for France," Anelka said. "He had a great season for Chelsea. I think the coach will give him his chance and he'll take it."

While Anelka scored 11 Premier League goals this term - team-mate Didier Drogba fired 29 - his superb movement freed up the space the Ivorian craves, with his crisp touch and passing providing a link between Chelsea's midfield and attack.

And after finishing the domestic season with silverware in the shape of Chelsea's first Double, could Anelka's burgeoning trophy cabinet be graced by the most precious prize of all on July 11?

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