William Saliba has earned his first call up to the France senior squad after Benjamin Pavard withdrew following a positive test for Covid-19.
The centre-back, 20, has regularly captained his country at under-21 level in the last year and earns his promotion following a very solid season with Marseille for whom he’s already featured 40 times.
No doubt the news will be a huge confidence boost for the defender, especially after his recent comments about his form in 2022 being “very average”.
Les Bleus are hosting Ivory Coast and South Africa during the Interlull and there’s now an outside chance that Saliba could make his international debut before featuring in Arsenal’s first team.
Saliba is expected to return to London in the summer and there have been suggestions that the player will be offered a new contract.