Yohan Cabaye came off the bench to help France beat Cameroon 3-2 on Monday night as they continued their preparations for Euro 2016 in their homeland.
The Eagles midfielder came off the bench in the 77th minute for Bayern Munich’s talented youngster Kingsley Coman who had set up Blasie Matuidi for the opening goal in Nantes, however Didier Deschamps’ side were quickly pegged back when Vincent Aboubacar equalised two minutes later.
However Olivier Giroud turned in Paul Pogba’s cross just before half-time to give the hosts the advantage at the interval, but after Cabaye had come on to win his 45th cap for his country Eric Choupo Moting once again drew the Indomitable Lions level in the 88th minute.
But just as he did against Palace last season, West Ham’s Dimitri Payet smashed home a wonderful free-kick in the final seconds to clinch victory for France, who now face James McArthur’s Scotland in Metz on Saturday. That is the final warm-up game for the tournament hosts, with Cabaye desperate to be a starter in their opening group game against Romania on 10th June.
Before the Cameroon game, he said: "There is a lot of competition for places, which is a good thing for the team. It is healthy and keeps everyone on their toes.
"We have 23 players fighting for their place who all have the same objective. We will need every player. You can never take anything for granted in life or in football. You always have to keep pushing forward. I have to show that I am still there.
"Every time I'm out there on the pitch I give everything for the team and for my teammates. The fact that coaches keep on calling me up for the national team shows they are satisfied with me, or I would not have been called up. The main thing for me is to make sure I'm good enough to have a chance of making the starting XI.”