LENS, France (AP) — Florent Malouda hopes to have the same kind of success with the France in the World Cup that he enjoyed this season with English champions Chelsea.
Malouda's best ever season helped Chelsea win the League and Cup double. After a long spell out of the national team, the midfielder is firmly back in coach Raymond Domenech's plans for the World Cup in South Africa.
After France beat Costa Rica 2-1 Wednesday, Malouda said that "when you have such a great season, where you've shared so much with the fans, you want to experience the same thing with the national team."
Reflecting on France's surprising run to the 2006 World Cup final, Malouda says "the fans were proud of us and we want to get that back" in South Africa.