Anthony Martial: My Euro 2016 participation was disastrous

by Tanveer Arayan

Anthony Martial has vowed to improve after a disastrous Euro 2016 where he played just 69 minutes as France reached the final.

He enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal and earned his first international call from Didier Deschamps.

The Frenchman was included in Deschamps’s squad for the final but struggled when he was brought on and was hauled off at half-time after only starting one match.

When he was introduced late in the final against Portugal, he was unable to make a difference and Martial insists he should have done better.

“It was a very difficult Euros, we didn’t manage to win the title and the coach only played me for 45 minutes – it was pretty disastrous,” he said.

“After that I spent it on the bench, but that happens, I am young, I am going to learn from that.

“It was the first time I had played so much for my club but that is not an excuse.

“I should have been better.”

An action-packed season at Old Trafford would have taken it’s burden on Martial as he had the goal-scoring burden on his shoulders with Marcus Rashford each week.

Martial teamed up with Paul Pogba and found the back of the net against Italy last week, fas hope the goal has provided him with the confidence-boost he needed.

He now has the opportunity to learn and develop as he plays football and will be looking to make up for his disappointing Euro 2016 showing.

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