Pictures: Anthony Martial all smiles in France training ahead of Euro 2016

by Sam Peoples

Anthony Martial was all smiles alongside France coach Didier Deschamps in training on Monday during their final preparations for Euro 2016.

With the tournament opener against Romania on Friday night, Martial will be crossing his fingers that Deschamps chooses him in the starting XI but he’s got stiff competition from the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet for a spot in the team.

As far as Manchester United fans are concerned, Martial certainly deserves to start and if he can recapture the sort of form which made him so good in his first season, he’ll be a major success for France in the tournament.

It’s testament to the strength in depth of France’s squad that a player like Martial isn’t a guaranteed starter but he’s such an exciting player that it is surely going to be difficult to not play him from the start? He’s certainly one of the best youngsters at Euro 2016 to keep an eye out for.

Rewind less than 12 months ago and Martial was labelled as a waste of money after making his move to United from AS Monaco but heading into Euro 2016 he’s now widely considered one of the world’s most talented youngsters and if his first season at United was anything to go by, he’s going to be a special player – here’s hoping he uses this tournament as his platform to announce himself on the biggest of stages.

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