Germain's France ambition
Olympique de Marseille's former France youth international Valère Germain has admitted that he still has hopes of a call-up to France's senior team despite being uncapped at age 27.
Germain has represented France at U20 and U21 levels (eight caps, two goals) but has yet to receive a call from the country's senior-team coach Didier Deschamps. Nonetheless, the Marseille striker has been in fine form in Ligue 1 Conforama in recent weeks (six goals this season, including two in his last four matches) and admitted he still harbours hopes of joining Les Bleus.
'Things can move very quickly'
"All French players who play for big clubs must be thinking about it. Anyone playing for OM should be thinking about it," the former Monaco and Nice forward told French radio station RMC. "We know that there is a squad in place and that there are lots of great players in it. But in football, things can move very quickly. You have to keep it in mind. Three months ago, I hadn't scored a goal but now I'm scoring quite a few. You need to set the bar high so you have to try your hardest reach them."
Germain's next chances to impress Deschamps will come in Thursday's Europa League round of 32 return leg in Braga, Portugal, but the one after that - Sunday night's Classique away to Paris Saint-Germain - should prove the much bigger stage as Germain looks to make his mark.