MOUSSA DEMBELE will get the opportunity to win a full international cap for France, insists boss Didier Deschamps.

Celtic’s 32-goal striker missed out on a debut inclusion to the top side when the 23-man squad was announced for the forthcoming games against Luxembourg and Spain.

But Deschamps has told the 20-year-old hitman to keep performing for the Hoops and his chance will come.


Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Luxembourg, the French gaffer commented on the wealth of firepower he has at his disposal and insisted he has been taking note of Dembele’s form, saying: “Moussa has made progress with Celtic.

“It is obvious he is going to be able to continue to perform well and to continue to progress.

“There are a lot of offensive players that we follow regularly and will continue to do so.”

Dembele’s exclusion came as a bit of surprise in his homeland, with the forward having claimed four goals in four appearances for the Under-21s since being given his initial call-up in a 5-0 win over Georgia in November.

Real Madrid’s experienced Karim Benzema, Cologne’s Anthony Modeste and Lyon’s £40million-rated Alexandre Lacazette have also been overlooked by the French gaffer.

However, he named five newcomers in his squad, including Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe plus team-mates Benjamin Mendy and Tiémoué Bakayoko.


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