Manchester United striker Anthony Martial says he is fulfilling a childhood dream by represent France at the senior level.
The Manchester United striker put in a man-of-the-match display on his first start for his country in the 2-1 win over Denmark on Sunday, continuing his impressive form since joining United on transfer deadline day from Monaco, having scored four goals in his opening seven games for the Red Devils.
Martial set up Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for France’s opening goal and although he was unable to get on the score sheet, the 19-year old who impressed throughout the night insists he is happy to have finally achieved a boyhood dream.
“I think we had a very good game. We had the possession and created some chances, although I think we could have been more efficient and won the match 3-0 or 4-0. I would have wanted to score but the most important thing is we won.
“Playing for France is a childhood dream come true so I’m simply trying to enjoy it as much as possible. Victories make these matches even better.
“I have no pressure. The coach [Didier Deschamps] tells me to play my game, not to put any particular pressure on myself, and that’s what I try to do – and that worked pretty well in this match.” Martial told L’Equipe TV.
Martial made his international debut in a friendly tie against Portugal on September 4 at Lisbon’s Estádio José Alvalade, replacing Karim Benzema for the final 16 minutes of a 1–0 win.
The former Monaco man who has been dubbed the new Thiery Henry if named will hope to be a key figure in the French squad that will hope to win the European Cup title on home soil when the Championship kicks off next summer.