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Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly has taunted Manchester United star Anthony Martial by claiming the forward isn’t good enough for France’s World Cup squad.
The 22-year-old was left out of his nation’s squad for the tournament in Russia by head coach Didier Deschamps.
Martial’s agent revealed this week that his client wants to leave Manchester United this summer after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.
However, Deschamps has pinned the blame on Martial and says he’s a ‘level below’ the standard in the France squad.
‘Martial, Lacazette and Kingsley Coman – that’s a lot of players, I agree,’ Desailly told Omnisport. ‘That’s a choice, that’s Didier’s one. He tried them during the European Championships. He may have realised that they were one level lower than what he was looking for.
‘Due to his philosophy and the way he chooses to use players together, he may have decided not to use them this time.
‘The level of experience can be one reason but they could have won the competition in 2016. We need to keep working.
‘We thought that Didier had his group at the end of the Euros. For this World Cup, he has no choice but to rebuild a group to get a chance to [win it].’