Like father like son

Saturday, November 7th, 2020 00:00 |
Marcus Thuram in action in the Bundesliga. INSET: With father Lilian Thuram at Parma (top) and with father at Juventus as a kid. Photo/PD/ FILE

Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Marcus Thuram - the son of World Cup winner Lilian - has been handed his first call-up to the senior France squad.

Didier Deschamps, who won the 1998 World Cup alongside Marcus’ father, has been watching the youngster rise through the ranks with the France national team, and has now rewarded his progress with his first senior call-up.

Thuram, 23, has been impressive this season for Borussia Monchengladbach, starring in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

He will be in the France squad for their upcoming matches against Finland, Portugal and Sweden, alongside the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.

PSG star Mbappe is a surprise inclusion in the squad after he picked up a hamstring injury last weekend that could see him miss the entirety of the international break.

He did not feature for PSG against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and was expected to be left out of the squad as he continued his recovery. 

Despite that, Deschamps has included Mbappe in his squad for the upcoming friendly and two Nations League matches.

Elsewhere in the squad, Hugo Lloris, Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma are among the defensive options, while Ngolo Kante and Moussa Sissoko make the cut in the midfield. 

Up top, Olivier Giroud gets a call-up, while Anthony Martial, Kingsley Coman and Nabil Fekir have also been included. -AFP

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