Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is in a state of disbelief as he comes to terms with his late World Cup call-up.
France coach Didier Deschamps summoned Schneiderlin, along with Montpellier winger Remy Cabella, to fill the void left in his squad by injuries to Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery and Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier.
While Ribery described his absence as "like a death in the soul", for Schneiderlin it is a dream come true - but he admits he almost did not pick up the telephone to Deschamps on Thursday.
"I didn't answer the call to start with because I did not recognise the number," the uncapped 24-year-old told L'Equipe.
FRANCE: Group E team profile
FRANCE: Group E team profile
1/5 How they qualified
France were drawn in the same group as World and European champions Spain, and with the addition of Belarus, Georgia and Finland it was obvious that it would be a battle between those two mega powers. France were pretty stellar in their results but fell short against La Furia Roja at home which cost them first place. Les Bleus faced Ukraine at the play offs who almost provided an upset as they beat the 1998 World Cup winners 2-0 at Kiev. However, a loud Stade de France and a determined Tricolores side managed to overturn the aggregate and won 3-0 thanks to two goals by Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho.
Didier Deschamps is no stranger to success with the French team as he captained them to a World Cup home win in 1998 and a Euro triumph two years later. It is obvious that he is not afraid to take risks, as proven by his dismissal of Manchester City’s Samir Nasri. With a Ligue 1 title and a Champions League final under his belt, the 45-year-old could indeed be looking for another World Cup moment.
3/5 Star Player
In the absence of Franck Ribery, striker Karim Benzema will have to step up and take the burdon of France's attack if they are to have an impact in Brazil. The 25-year-old will arrive as a Champions League winner following Real Madrid's success this season, and he will need to prove that he can do it without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to really cement his place among the world's best.
4/5 Emerging Talent
Paul Pogba is a powerful midfielder that had a breakthrough season inb the Serie A for Juventus where he amassed 36 caps, scored seven goals and produced an equal number of assists. The 21-year-old’s excellent performance has not gone undetected, as Chelsea are eyeing him as David Luiz’s replacement.
5/5 How they will line up: (4-4-2)
Lloris; Debuchy, Koscielny, Varane, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Valbuena; Greizmann, Benzema.
Once Deschamps made contact, though, he had exciting news for Schneiderlin.
"He told me two players were injured so I needed to be ready, and that he would contact me the next day to tell me if I must come," said the Saints player.
"After that call, I needed a bit of time before I could sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen the next day.
"He did not promise me anything, just that I needed to be ready. It was certainly not the easiest night I have had.
"Then Friday, he called me and told me I needed to come. It was an incredible day.
"I can't believe it - everything has happened so quickly."
Schneiderlin will battle for a central midfield place with Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi, Rio Mavuba and Moussa Sissoko, while Cabella joins Mathieu Valbuena and Antoine Griezmann in providing wing options.
The 24-year-old Cabella could reportedly be sold by Montpellier this summer as the club seek funds to rebuild their squad, with reported interest from Premier League sides Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle and Bundesliga pair Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach.
A successful tournament would enhance his profile and raise the financial rewards of any transfer and he told fff.fr: "I am very happy to return to the France team.
"Going to the World Cup is an enormous thing and I hope I can can make the most of it."