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France Boss: Why I Snubbed Martial

France Boss: Why I Snubbed Anthony Martial

By Keegan Kruger - Sep 29, 2017 11:03 AM @KeeganKruger

France manager Didier Deschamps has revealed why he did not select Manchester United's Anthony Martial for his country's upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus.

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The 21-year-old was impressive in the Red Devils' 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, scoring a goal and assisting the three other strikes on the night.

However, that display was seemingly not enough to earn a call-up to France's latest squad, and the Les Bleus manager has now explained why the attacker was omitted. 

"He's a player who is probably better when he starts than when he comes on," Deschamps said, as quoted by the Daily Star.

"A bit like (Alexandre) Lacazette. All 24 players want to start. Anthony is much better, he's decisive. The last game highlights what he can do.

"He's getting back to a good level. He's more used by Mourinho.

"He could have been in the squad. It's a choice. He was there during the Euro, he went through a tough time, which he got over.

"I can only tell him to continue to make me think about him."

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The former Monaco star has been in scintillating form for Jose Mourinho's men so far this season, having scored five goals and assisted a further five strikes in eight appearances across all competitions.

Do you think Martial deserved to be called up to the latest France squad? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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O_TH KHOSI Sep 29, 2017 08:38 PM
What a stupid manager
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musah005 Sep 29, 2017 07:16 PM
Stupid coach
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Povie09 Sep 29, 2017 05:38 PM
Who care live our player alone plz..
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TrueLegend Sep 29, 2017 04:54 PM
That was one game cowditor
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djshepzaro Sep 29, 2017 04:42 PM
This coach is confused
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Bonganikill Sep 29, 2017 01:14 PM
wrong choice mister........martial deservs a call up there is nothing u can't get from that Boy he's world class i wonder why other coaches don't see that
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Michaeltshigama Sep 29, 2017 12:51 PM
Didier is out of his mind
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MR E Sep 29, 2017 12:20 PM
Martial is better than payet, he deserve a call up!
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MASTER-MIND Sep 29, 2017 12:11 PM
he will regret not calling martial
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Mbuzo110@gmail.com Sep 29, 2017 11:59 AM
It was a choice ...excuses
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NhlingoWeBhakaniya Sep 29, 2017 11:56 AM
uyabheda lomjita
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lucky8 Sep 29, 2017 11:26 AM
Stupid Excuse frm Stupid Coach Nxaa!!
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Melucy Khosiboy khb Sep 29, 2017 11:25 AM
Mxm I respect the weed smoked by the France boss it too strong for him
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Faysal Sep 29, 2017 11:20 AM
Forget it

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