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Anthony Martial included in the France squad ahead of international break

by Leo Nieboer

Anthony Martial has been rewarded for his superb start to the 2017/18 campaign at Manchester United with a place in the France side ahead of the November international break.

The Frenchman hasn’t featured for Les Bleus since October 2016 amid a difficult patch last season, with manager Didier Deschamps publicly calling on the youngster to produce more going forward.

And he has made an emphatic response this season, claiming six goals and five assists alongside continually hassling right-backs off the bench with his mazy, rapid style on the ball.

He has been deservedly handed a place in the France squad for upcoming friendlies with Germany and Wales.

Martial’s selection, if anything, is overdue. To keep a player of his ferocious ability and drive away from the international stage is nothing short of absurd.

Deschamps, for reasons that escape rationality, opted for Dimitri Payet over Martial for internationals last month, but has arrived at his senses this time around and Martial will now have a superb chance stake a claim to be in France’s squad for next year’s World Cup.

Last season’s malaise, combined with a desire to reassert himself on an international level, serve as the two biggest motivating factors, you sense, for Martial’s rapid resurgence over the last couple of months, and supporters will just hope to see it continue.

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