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Didier Deschamps: Anthony Martial has not been performing well enough

by Leo Nieboer

France manager Didier Deschamps has left Anthony Martial out of the France squad for the upcoming internationals in November.

Deschamps’ side will take on Sweden for a World Cup qualifier on the 11th before hosting the Ivory Coast for a friendly on the 15th.

The 20-year-old has been impeded by injury since returning from the October international break, making just two starts under Jose Mourinho.

And as a result, Martial has been omitted from the national side, with Deschamps pointing out that the youngster needs to perform at a higher level under Mourinho.

“His club coach (Jose Mourinho) expects more from him, too, which has already been pointed out to him at the last meet-up,’ said Deschamps.

“I have not forgotten what he is capable of doing but it is up to him to make efforts to find his best form. He is not at the level where he should be.”

One can’t help but label Deschamps’ criticism of Martial as harsh. The Frenchman, since returning from the international break, has been held back by injury woes, missing out on games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Burnley as a result.

And when given the chance to start, Martial has impressed: he scored at home to Fenerbahce and delivered an excellent performance in Istanbul, showing real signs of menace amid a confidence-sapped attacking line-up.

United fans will be confident that Martial, with Deschamps’ words lingering in the back of his mind, will go on to establish himself further under Mourinho this season.

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