Anthony Martial suffers another setback for France under Didier Deschamps

by Leo Nieboer

Anthony Martial has suffered another setback under Dider Deschamps after the France manager called up the uncapped Thomas Lemar to replace the injured Kingsley Coman.

The Frenchman, who has only managed two starts for Manchester United in October due to injury, was omitted from the national side ahead of the November international break.

Deschamps’ side will face Sweden in a World Cup qualifier on November 11 before hosting the Ivory Coast for a friendly on the 15th.

An injury to Coman presented Martial with the possibility of a last-minute call-up, but Deschamps went for the Monaco midfielder instead.

Martial’s relationship with the national team has been somewhat tainted ever since Deschamps hooked him off at half-time during France’s Euro 2016 game with Albania. And this latest development will only compound the Frenchman’s frustration at what has been a hitherto underwhelming campaign.

Indeed, Deschamps’ decision to place faith in an uncapped 20-year-old, with only nine appearances for the French Under-21 side, whilst ignoring Martial is symbolic of a truly fraught – perhaps terminal – relationship between manager and player.

Man United fans will hope that this latest set-back cajoles Martial into a higher gear at club level, impelled by a determination to prove Deschamps wrong.

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