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Deschamps praises Dembele after France strike

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The Barcelona star struck in World Cup qualifying

Kazakhstan v France - Qualifying World Cup 2022 Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images

France boss Didier Deschamps praised Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele after he scored in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifying.

It’s Dembele’s first competitive international goal and also the first time he’s found the back of the net for Les Bleus since 2018.

Deschamps thought the 23-year-old worked well in attack alongside Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.

“They did some interesting things,” he said.

“Ousmane has confirmed that he’s getting back on the right track. He’s capable of repeated sprints and making the difference. He was rewarded with his goal.

“Anthony was behind the opening goal. It’s good for them both.

“From the moment I selected them, they are in the squad to be used. I have other attackers in this squad. But for the profile of the opponent, it was important to commit opponents and to dribble.

“They both did it pretty well.”

Source | Goal

Deschamps made a host of changes to his side for the game and it will be interesting to see if Dembele keeps his place for Wednesday’s game against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Martial may miss out after limping out of Sunday’s win.