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‘IT’S FRANCE FOR ME,’ DEMBELE

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CELTIC’S on-fire striker Moussa Dembele will reject the opportunity to play for England as he pursues an international career with France.
The 12-goal hitman, who joined the Scottish champions from Fulham in the summer, is hoping to attract the attention of Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.unspecified-12
Dembele is poised to make his France Under-21 debut on Thursday after a spectacular run of form under Parkhead gaffer Brendan Rodgers and his goalscoring feats have been noted by his country’s manager.
But with the 20-year-old frontman set to meet the five-year residency rule next year after joining the Craven Cottage outfit at the age of 16, the English have also been considering a swoop.

Dembele, called up for the forthcoming games against Georgia and Northern Ireland, said: “If Didier Deschamps is keeping an eye on my performances then it means I am doing well, so that is a positive sign for me.

“I would be proud to play for a manager like him. I know that in the end hard work always pays off. I am a competitor. I am ambitious, so I will keep working and I will get rewarded for it.

“Being called up to play with the Under-21s is an honour and I will obviously do my best and take everything that comes from the experience on board. It will make me a better player.”

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