Even before the World Cup kicks off next year in Russia it is likely that France and Germany will be two of the favourites for the tournament. It's first blood to France after Anthony Martial's superb piece of skill.

Germany have been one of football's perennial winners when it comes to international football whilst the French have been one of the favourites for every tournament ever since their World Cup win at home in 1998.

Right now the two countries have some of the most ridiculous depth going and today French newspaper L'Equipe showed off their countries options by printing three different teams, that would all beat England:

Image: L'Equipe

So good are those team that Manchester United's Anthony Martial, who has six goals to his name for the Red Devils so far this season, is in the third side whilst Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette is in the second XI.

This evening against Germany the pair both started, with several stars rested, and the United man baffled the German defence to set up the Arsenal record signing for one of his easiest finishes:

Credit: Twitter

Martial is still yet to show the consistency that his club and international manager would like and has often been used as a sub for both, rather than commanding a starting spot his talent deserves.

Ever since he made his surprise move from Monaco to Manchester United on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2015 Anthony Martial has been showing the kind of talent that could make him one of the world's best.

When Louis van Gaal signed him from France for an initial £36 million the forward was pretty much unknown and it was seen as a 'panic buy' and roundly mocked but he soon put an end to that.

The incredible moment when! Image: PA

On his debut from the bench Martial scored a late and brilliant winner against Liverpool to prove the doubters wrong and make him an instant hit for fans at Old Trafford.

Under Jose Mourinho last season he seemed to be getting less football and his future was questioned but this season, despite swapping the starting spot with Marcus Rashford, the Frenchman's form has seen him become one of United's best players.

He still needs to show it more often but there's little doubting how good he is!

Ryan Sidle

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