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Thauvin targets place in France squad

Up-and-coming Marseille winger Florian Thauvin has insisted he "feels ready" to make the step up to the French national team.

Florian Thauvin celebrates his winner against Valenciennes.
 

Thauvin, 21, won the Under-20 World Cup alongside Paul Pogba last summer after the Juventus midfielder has already appeared for the senior national side.

After catching the eye at Bastia last season, Thauvin has impressed at Marseille this term, contributing six goals and three assists in 21 league outings, and hopes that will be enough to make Les Bleus' boss Didier Deschamps take note and allow him to follow in Pogba's footsteps.

"I feel ready. I want to represent my country and help her earn top billing," he told RMC. "I would be immensely proud. I feel capable of responding to the national team coach's expectations.

"I didn't think a lot about the France team at the start of the season. But the more time goes on, the more matches I play and the more experience I get, I say to myself: 'Why wouldn't I have a card to play?'

"To do that, Marseille would need good results from now till the end of the season. If the club is good and I manage to get out from it what I put in, then I think I can participate in this World Cup."

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