Defrel eyes France call-up

by | Oct 28, 2016 15:40

Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel has revealed that he has one eye on a France call-up but acknowledges it will be difficult.

Defrel has been among Sassuolo’s top performers this season, with seven goals and four assists in just 15 appearances, and the former Cesena attacker is keen for his exploits to be recognised by Didier Deschamps.

“When I started out at Parma, I was young and had virtually nothing,” he told Le Parisien.

Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel has revealed that he has one eye on a France call-up but acknowledges it will be difficult.

Defrel has been among Sassuolo’s top performers this season, with seven goals and four assists in just 15 appearances, and the former Cesena attacker is keen for his exploits to be recognised by Didier Deschamps.

“When I started out at Parma, I was young and had virtually nothing,” he told Le Parisien.

“My first professional season was at Foggia in Serie C [now Lega Pro]. There were small stadiums and demanding fans, so it was a very tough season, but one that served me well.

“Returning to France? I was very close to Saint-Etienne, but I don’t regret my choice of staying at Sassuolo.

“Here I’ve discovered the Europa League, grown up a lot and I feel really good. The season’s started well [for me] and I’m proud, but I certainly don’t want it to stop.

“The national team? It would be a dream, but looking at all the players we have in France, it makes me smile.

“But after all, who knows … maybe if I score lots of goals.”

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