An­thony Mar­tial back in France’s na­tional team squad

Malta Independent - - Sport -

An­thony Mar­tial was called back to France's na­tional team on Thurs­day, eight months af­ter his lat­est ap­pear­ance with the squad.

The Manch­ester United for­ward was in­cluded in France coach Di­dier Deschamps' list of play­ers for up­com­ing matches at the Nether­lands on Nov. 16 in the UEFA Na­tions League and Uruguay in a friendly four days later at Stade de France. Mar­tial, who last played for France in a 3-1 win over Rus­sia in March, was not se­lected for the World Cup, where his team­mates won the ti­tle in July.

But af­ter strug­gling with Manch­ester United, he has re­cov­ered his form and scored five goals in all com­pe­ti­tions over the past month.

"What he does to­day with Manch­ester is closer to what you can ex­pect from him on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in terms of com­mit­ment and ef­fi­ciency," Deschamps said. "He is get­ting more ma­ture and it shows on the field."

Mar­tial also took ad­van­tage of Thomas Le­mar's in­jury to earn a re­call.

"He is get­ting more im­por­tant in Manch­ester United," Deschamps said. "If he is there, it's also be­cause some play­ers are in­jured. But he could have been there too even with­out that."

In the ab­sence of in­jured left back Lucas Her­nan­dez, Deschamps gave a call to an­other Manch­ester player, City de­fender Ben­jamin Mendy.

In mid­field, Na­bil Fekir is back from in­jury and was se­lected along­side Lyon team­mate Tan­guy Ndombele.

Goal­keep­ers: Hugo Lloris (Tot­ten­ham), Steve Man­danda (Mar­seille), Alphonse Are­ola (Paris Saint-Ger­main)

De­fend­ers: Lucas Digne (Ever­ton), Pres­nel Kim­pembe (Paris Saint-Ger­main), Ben­jamin Mendy (Manch­ester City), Ben­jamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Mar­seille), Ma­madou Sakho (Crys­tal Palace), Djib­ril Sidibe (Monaco), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Mid­field­ers: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Ma­tu­idi (Ju­ven­tus), Tan­guy Ndombele (Lyon), Steven Nzonzi (Roma), Paul Pogba (Manch­ester United)

For­wards: Ous­mane Dembele (Barcelona), Na­bil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), An­toine Griez­mann (Atletico Madrid), An­thony Mar­tial (Manch­ester United), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Ger­main), Flo­rian Thau­vin (Mar­seille)

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