Schneiderlin becomes latest Saint to make senior international debut

Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin

First published in Sport

MORGAN Schneiderlin last night became the latest Saint to make his senior international debut.

The 24-year-old came on for the last few minutes as France warmed up for the World Cup in Brazil by hammering Jamaica 8-0 in a friendly.

Schneiderlin – the 13th Saints player to play a senior international for his country since last August – was only called into the French squad last Friday following an injury to Clement Grenier.

He will now be hoping to be the fourth member of Saints’ League 1 promotion winning side to play in the forthcoming football festival in South America.

Schneiderlin joins England trio Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in making the remarkable three-year journey from the third division to a World Cup in Brazil.

Schneiderlin is not expected to start for Les Bleus in the World Cup, with Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi, Rio Mavuba and Moussa Sissoko all competing for central mifield slots.

France coach Didier Deschamps last night started with Cabaye, Matuidi and Sissoko as his three main midfielders.

Jamaica were under the cosh throughout, with ex-Newcastle man Cabaye starting the rout in the 17th minute.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was also among the scorers, while Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema scored twice before he made way for Schneiderlin in the 86th minute.

Schneiderlin was the fifth Saints player to make his senior international debut since last August, following England quartet Lambert, Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Luke Shaw.

Others to have played senior games for their country in 2013/14 are Artur Boruc, Dejan Lovren, Maya Yoshida, Victor Wanyama, Steven Davis, Gaston Ramirez, Dani Osvaldo and Emmanuel Mayuka.

Saints have also had four players appear for England under-21s or England under-19s – James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers, Sam Gallagher and Matt Targett.

Schneiderlin, meanwhile, admits he almost did not pick up the telephone to Deschamps last Thursday.

Along with Montpellier winger Remy Cabella, the Saints ace was called up to fill the void left in the squad by injuries to Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery and Lyon midfielder Grenier.

“I didn't answer the call to start with because I did not recognise the number,” Schneiderlin said.

Once Deschamps made contact, though, he had exciting news for Schneiderlin.

“He told me two players were injured so I needed to be ready, and that he would contact me the next day to tell me if I must come," said the Saints player.

“After that call, I needed a bit of time before I could sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen the next day.

“He did not promise me anything, just that I needed to be ready. It was certainly not the easiest night I have had.

“Then Friday, he called me and told me I needed to come. It was an incredible day.

“I can't believe it - everything has happened so quickly.”

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8:27am Mon 9 Jun 14

pitbull says...

Really pleased for Morgan but disappointed his debut was so short.
Really pleased for Morgan but disappointed his debut was so short. pitbull
  • Score: 12

8:29am Mon 9 Jun 14

Alicesdad says...

Bon chance Morgan !!
Bon chance Morgan !! Alicesdad
  • Score: 8

8:49am Mon 9 Jun 14

jls217 says...

First cap of many Spiderman. Well done.
First cap of many Spiderman. Well done. jls217
  • Score: 11

8:55am Mon 9 Jun 14

Puddletown Saint says...

Well done Morgan That is 13 internationals with seven at the World Cup

Keep calm and support the Saints
Well done Morgan That is 13 internationals with seven at the World Cup Keep calm and support the Saints Puddletown Saint
  • Score: 11

8:56am Mon 9 Jun 14

Chipster says...

No doubt The Daily Fail will try and flog him to all in sundry!
No doubt The Daily Fail will try and flog him to all in sundry! Chipster
  • Score: 6

8:58am Mon 9 Jun 14

killared says...

Really late news as I told everybody last night but everybody was busy to shut that LFC monkey ! Anyway he only play 2 or 3 minutes I'm hoping France win the First 2 games then he could have a full 90 odd minutes in the 3rd game.
Really late news as I told everybody last night but everybody was busy to shut that LFC monkey ! Anyway he only play 2 or 3 minutes I'm hoping France win the First 2 games then he could have a full 90 odd minutes in the 3rd game. killared
  • Score: 3

9:22am Mon 9 Jun 14

search for the truth says...

Rumour has it, that he is leaving Southampton soon.
Rumour has it, that he is leaving Southampton soon. search for the truth
  • Score: -8

9:58am Mon 9 Jun 14

costa gaz says...

search for the truth wrote:
Rumour has it, that he is leaving Southampton soon.
YAWN
[quote][p][bold]search for the truth[/bold] wrote: Rumour has it, that he is leaving Southampton soon.[/p][/quote]YAWN costa gaz
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

For France, for Alsace, for Racing Club de Strasbourg, for Obernai (Morgan's nearest town of note), for Zellwiller (his home village), for all Elsässiche people (and, just a little bit for me) ......


.... allez Spiderman!

Félicitations et bonne chance pour la coupe du monde.
For France, for Alsace, for Racing Club de Strasbourg, for Obernai (Morgan's nearest town of note), for Zellwiller (his home village), for all Elsässiche people (and, just a little bit for me) ...... .... allez Spiderman! Félicitations et bonne chance pour la coupe du monde. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

2:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Chipster wrote:
No doubt The Daily Fail will try and flog him to all in sundry!
Him and Chambers mentioned in connection with Arsenal again and Skiverpool now buying yet another midfielder, Shakiri and being linked with James Milner also.
[quote][p][bold]Chipster[/bold] wrote: No doubt The Daily Fail will try and flog him to all in sundry![/p][/quote]Him and Chambers mentioned in connection with Arsenal again and Skiverpool now buying yet another midfielder, Shakiri and being linked with James Milner also. jls217
  • Score: 0

3:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
For France, for Alsace, for Racing Club de Strasbourg, for Obernai (Morgan's nearest town of note), for Zellwiller (his home village), for all Elsässiche people (and, just a little bit for me) ......


.... allez Spiderman!

Félicitations et bonne chance pour la coupe du monde.
...and mange tout! as well!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: For France, for Alsace, for Racing Club de Strasbourg, for Obernai (Morgan's nearest town of note), for Zellwiller (his home village), for all Elsässiche people (and, just a little bit for me) ...... .... allez Spiderman! Félicitations et bonne chance pour la coupe du monde.[/p][/quote]...and mange tout! as well! Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 2

8:33pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Spudsaint says...

Long overdue. Well done Morgan. England's loss!
Long overdue. Well done Morgan. England's loss! Spudsaint
  • Score: 0

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