It may not come as a big surprise to know that Didier Deschamps has picked up on the impressive form of young Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma this season.
He has been rewarded for his mature performances at Stamford Bridge with a first senior call-up to the French squad as the hosts of Euro 2016 kick off their preparation for the competition.
The young defender will be partnered up in defence alongside three other premier league players, Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Manchester City's Bacary Sagna and Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho.
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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud will also be part of the squad facing Brazil and Denmark after he was selected by Deschamps as part of the squad's six attackers.
First selection for Lyon revelation Nabil Fekir
After a tug of war between Algeria and France who both wanted Fekir to play for their respective teams, the youngster chose to don the Bleus jersey and has been repaid for his loyalty with his first call up to the French national squad.
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The youngster has proved vital to Lyon's ambitions of securing the Ligue 1 title; notching up an impressive 13 goals and seven assists this season. In particular, his electric pace, physicality, excellent hold-up play and lethal finishing have caught the eye of France manager Deschamps.
Asked about his decision to select the player, Deschamps told reporters that the striker offers Les Bleus different options going forward with his ability to accelerate and run at defenders, adding that the Lyon youngster has "huge potential".
No place for injured Pogba
The midfielder left the pitch in tears last night after sustaining a muscle injury during Juve's champions league victory against Borussia Dortmund. This will surely come as a blow to Deschamps, as the youngster occupies an important role in the Bleus midfield.
However, his recent injury means he will be unable to feature in both March friendlies against Brazil (26 March) and Denmark (29 March).
In his place, Deschamps has had to turn to AS Monaco's in-form Geoffrey Kondogbia who impressed during his side's victory over Arsenal in the Champions League.
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