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Martial returns to France squad after eight months

IANS  |  Paris 

returned to the squad for the first time in eight months due to his strong performances for Manchester United.

Martial won the last of his 18 caps in a friendly against Russia, while missing the successful campaign in this summer, reported on Thursday.

However, the 22-year-old hopeful bounced back in form strongly into this season, scoring five league goals for his club so far.

missed the Atletico Madrid pair of and due to injury, while seeing Nabil Fekir, and back to the line-up.

France will visit the in their final group match on November 16. A draw can guarantee the world champions a top spot in the group and a chance of contending for the tournament's title next June.

winner will also host in a friendly at the on November 20.

Following is France's 23-member list:

Goalkeepers: (Paris Saint-Germain), (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), (Marseille), (Crystal Palace), (Monaco), (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: N'(Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), (Lyon), Steven Nzonzi (Roma), (Manchester United)

Forwards: (Barcelona), (Lyon), (Chelsea), (Atletico Madrid), (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 14:14 IST