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Southampton midfielder eyes international call-up

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Schneiderlin hopes to make France squad. (©GettyImages)
Schneiderlin hopes to make France squad. (©GettyImages).

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin says he is hoping for a call-up to the France national squad.

The 23-year-old has made numerous appearances for the French youth sides, but is yet to make his senior debut for them.

Competition for the midfield places in the French side is very tough, with the likes of Samir Nasri, Frank Ribery, and Mathieu Valbuena already in the squad.

But Schneiderlin has helped his Southampton side to fourth place in the Premier League so far this season, and admits that while it will be hard to get force his way in, he's working hard to do just that.

Speaking to The Daily Echo, he said: “My ambition, personally, is to get in the (France) squad, so that’s why I’m working very hard on everything, but that’s the way it is.

“Everyone wants to be in the national team, it’s not just me. It’s part of the game, but it will come one day.”

France manager Didier Deschamps will surely have a close eye on Schneiderlin, who has impressed and become a crowd favourite at St Mary's since signing for the Saints in 2008 from Strasbourg.

He picked up both the Player's Player and Fans' Player of the Year awards at Southampton's end of season dinner last term, but admits that time is running out for him to make the squad with the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil just around the corner.

He added: "I don’t know, there’s not many games. France, they play a very important game next month to get that play-off to get to the World Cup, and after that I think it is going to be very hard, to be honest. But who knows?"

France are currently second in their World Cup qualifying group behind leaders Spain, and look likely to have to win a play-off to qualify for next year's showpiece event.

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