France head coach Didier Deschamps has insisted that Anthony Martial remains a part of his plans, despite the Manchester United winger’s latest omission from the national team.
Martial has been in fine form since his recent return from injury, scoring three goals in six games and adding a vital dimension to the Red Devils’ attack.
The Frenchman’s last cap came in a friendly against Russia last March and despite his recent resurgence, the 23-year-old has not been rewarded with a return to the national squad.
However, speaking to reporters – as quoted by Goal – Deschamps confirmed that he is keeping a close eye on Martial’s progress at Old Trafford.
“He was part of the French team on a regular basis, but recently he was often injured,” the manager said.
“He came back not so long ago and it’s going well in his role as a central striker with Manchester United. For a long time he’s been part of the players likely to be called up.”
France play Moldova and Albania in Euro 2020 qualifying action in their latest set of fixtures and one player who received a surprise call-up was Chelsea winger Olivier Giroud, who has only played 120 minutes of first-team football so far this term.
Deschamps said of his inclusion in the squad: “Maybe that means something but it’s mostly what happened on the pitch that means something.
“If he is the one I used the most, do not forget either the ratio of matches and goals. There are not many in front of him in terms of goals in the history of the France team. He did the right thing, he answered the trust.”
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