Matteo Guendouzi speaks out on maiden international call-up

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi expressed his delight on being called up to the France national team for the very first time. 

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in terrific form for the Gunners this season and has been rewarded with what is a lucky call-up to Didier Deschamps’ squad. Guendouzi wasn’t initially in the team but was included later after Paul Pogba withdrew due to an injury he sustained in Manchester United’s match against Southampton.

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The Gunners star said that it’s a dream come true for him to be in the senior national team. Speaking to ESPN FC, Guendouzi said: “It was always a dream to be called up one day for the national team. I have played in all the youth teams since I was 16-years-old. I have worked so hard to get here, with the France A team. It is maybe a bit of surprise that he has arrived so quickly but I knew that if I was performing with Arsenal, one of the biggest clubs in Europe, then I would have a chance. My chance is now and I want to take it.”

Guendouzi deserves his maiden international call-up and will be hoping to make his debut in any of France’s Euro qualifiers against Albania and Andorra. The world champions’ group currently has them, Turkey and Albania with 9 points with Les Bleus in first place due to goal-difference.

Provided Guendouzi keeps performing well for Arsenal, he could well find a place in France’s squad in Euro 2020.

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