Ndombele also made his mark

Les Bleus
13/10/2018

While Kylian Mbappé stole the headlines with two goals off the bench to help France to a 2-2 friendly draw with Iceland, Olympique Lyonnais' France debutant Tanguy Ndombele also impressed in his cameo.

While pretty much everyone now knows who Kylian Mbappé is - World Cup hero and football's fastest rising star - much less is known about Tanguy Ndombele, perhaps due to the consensus view that he is simply not the type to draw attention to himself.

On Didier Deschamps' substitutes bench on Tuesday night, the surprise call-up to his first France squad betrayed no signs of nerves or even of excitement - until Les Bleus' coach brought him on with the side down two goals with 25 minutes to go.

Carpe that Diem

The former Amiens midfielder seized his chance and made his mark, turning in a biting, barnstorming, attack-minded display in the middle of the park that helped his side to come back from what would have been a humiliating and troubling friendly loss at home.

"He showed his qualities with some excellent passes to the forwards. He did well in the challenges too," said Deschamps after the 21-year-old's senior France debut. "It's great that he made the most of the game time he was given."

Staking a claim

On a night where several first-choice players under-performed, Ndombele's short but sweet appearance did plenty to suggest that he could see even more game time during the injury absence of Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso - a former OL player with a very similar profile to Ndombele.

"I came on without any apprehension; we were losing 2-0. It's always easier to come in that kind of context," grinned the dynamic midfielder. "It was a great night for me, that's true. It was very special to make my debut for France. Be it in Guingamp or at the Stade de France, it's still amazing."

 

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