France Boss: Why I Snubbed Martial
France Boss: Why I Snubbed Anthony Martial
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.
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."
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.
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