A mistake by the Football Boss once prompted Bolivia to attempt to call Ruben Aguilar-he now has his first valid chance with France.
Monaco full-back Ruben Aguilar received his first call-up for their upcoming triple-header to the France squad.
It marks the end of the long wait for the 27-year-old for a foreign pick … or at least a genuine first selection.
Aguilar, born in France to a French mother and a Spanish father, reported in 2017 that a nonsensical effort by Bolivia to convince him to represent La Verde had been put in the uncomfortable position of fielding him.
He thought it was a result of a mistake in the Football Manager video game database, which he said gave him dual French-Bolivian nationality.
After good performances with Montpellier at the time, Aguilar gained considerable attention on social media from Bolivians and even became a focus on TV, with requests for interviews from the South American nation coming in.
Aguilar had no real link to Bolivia and it proved to be just as well as he was able to make his first appearance for the reigning world champions at every level of international football.
On Wednesday, before the Nations League clashes with Portugal and Sweden, France will meet Finland in a friendly.
Aguilar occupies the squad role vacated earlier on Monday by Houssem Aouar, who suffered a weekend injury for Lyon