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It's quite telling when England have to call up Fabian Delph to their squad whilst France can afford to leave out Anthony Martial. Didier Deschamps has revealed why he left out the forward but it's a pretty lame reason.
England squad announcements have got to the point now where most of us can't even be bothered to show faux outrage at who's in and who's out, most of the options are just as average as the other.
Across The Channel though they've not got those problems and the French will no doubt be one the favourites for next summer's World Cup. Their squad is so good they can seemingly even afford to leave Anthony Martial out of it.
Martial celebrates his goal against Burton. Image: PA
The Manchester United forward looks back to the form that he showed when he first rocked up at Old Trafford. The 21 year old has five goals in eight appearances in all games so far this season but it wasn't enough to receive a call up.
Speaking in a news conference, via M.E.N, manager Didier Deschamps gave a reason for missing the former Monaco player out and it hasn't convinced most:
"He's [Martial] a player who's probably better when he starts than when he comes on. 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 Euros, he went through a tough time, which he got over. I can only tell him to continue to make me think about him."
Deschamps looking like he's just heard what he said. Image: PA
It seems like a pretty weak excuse generally but Martial has also bagged three of his five goals after coming on as a substitute and in the games against West Ham, Everton and Swansea he changed the game when coming on.
Martial is very close to being back to his best from his first season at United. Image: PA
Whilst the United man misses out the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin have all been included in the squads to take on Bulgaria and Belarus as they look to book their place in Russia next year.
Jose Mourinho probably won't mind the news as the player is less likely to pick up an injury whilst sitting out the games.
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