France boss explains Martial snub

International

Having recently announced his latest France squad, manager Didier Deschamps has discussed the absence of Manchester United’s in-form striker Anthony Martial.

The Frenchman named his 23-man squad for their upcoming 2020 European qualifiers last week, with the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembele and Martial missing out.

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Asked about the United forward’s absence from the squad despite his recent form, Deschamps suggested the 23-year-old is still in his plans.

"He was part of the French team on a regular basis, but recently he was often injured," he said, as per Manchester Evening News.

"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."

Since his return from injury, Martial has scored three goals and assisted two more in seven matches.

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