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Ex-Arsenal fullback Debuchy thrilled to be on brink of France World Cup call

Former Arsenal fullback Mathieu Debuchy is making a late charge for France's World Cup squad.

The 32-year-old, who left Arsenal for St Etienne in January, is now in the running for the France squad this summer.

Debuchy said: “I was surprised to get back to this level so quickly. Surprised but very happy.

"There are places up for grabs for the World Cup.

"After the hard times I have known, to return after four months with St Etienne followed by a World Cup would be magic.

"When the squad is announced, I think I'll be in front of my TV and I'll wait like everyone else."

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