France boss Didier Deschamps hasn’t included Manchester United forward Anthony Martial in his squad for their up coming matches after stating he is suffering from ‘a lack of confidence’, report the Sun.
The winger will be absent from France’s lineups against Paraguay, Sweden and England, adding to the last four international games he has missed.
Deschamps has said that the lack of game time has caused a dip in form and while Martial has started four out of the last five league games for United he has played second striker to Zlatan Ibrahimovic throughout the season.
Jesse Lingard also replaced him for the quarter-finals of the Europa League and according to the France boss his time off the pitch has made him lose his edge.
Deschamps said: “Even though Anthony is playing a little bit more since Zlatan’s injury, he has a limited amount of playing time. He’s been doing some good things but he’s not as decisive as he was before.
“The two things are linked. Perhaps he’s lost a bit of confidence, a bit of rhythm. He has the quality, the potential, as Anthony showed last season. But it’s normal to have a dip – he had a very packed season last year.
“There’s been a change of coach, maybe a different system as well. If you’re playing less, when you do play then you have to be decisive, you’re not allowed to make any mistakes. It’s a difficult climate for any player, whether he’s 20 or 30.”
Martial joined United at the start of last season for £38m but has failed to impress new boss Jose Mourinho who prefers Ibrahimovic, before his injury, and Marcus Rashford.
Deschamps has been impressed with Paul Pogba this season despite critics claiming he hasn’t justified the record £89m that the Red Devils paid for him.
He said: “Overall I think he’s had a good season. Obviously there’s a lot expected of him, that he does extraordinary things.
“There is a huge amount of volume to his game and it might sometimes happen that by trying to do too much, he spreads himself a little bit thin. But he’s played well, he’s been consistent, he’s scored goals and created them.
“He’s also done much better in the way he wins the ball back. I am obviously counting on him.”