It's not often in a footballer's career that they're given the opportunity to take part in a major international tournament on home soil. Morgan Schneiderlin's hopes of doing so have been painfully dashed by France coach Didier Deschamps, who has omitted the Manchester United midfielder from his squad for this summer's European Championships. Instead, the former Southampton man is included on a standby list.
Among the midfielders preferred to Schneiderlin are (understandably) Leicester's N'Golo Kanté, and (perhaps a little more questionably) Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye and Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko. Marseille's Lassana Diarra, who has been linked with a move to United in the last couple of days, is also included.
One man who has made the squad is Anthony Martial, who is clearly too good to leave at home. He's part of a fierce-looking attack that also comprises West Ham's Dimitri Payet, Atlético Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Oh, sorry, I momentarily forgot Giroud is actually rubbish. Martial took to Twitter to rub it in:
Très heureux de faire parti de la sélection de @equipedefrance pour @EURO2016 !L'aventure commence! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/K0aDZP3mLc— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) May 12, 2016
Adding insult to injury for Schneiderlin is the news that his vastly inferior domestic teammate Marouane Fellaini will make the trip to France. He's been included in the Belgium squad. Rather unsurprisingly, Adnan Januzaj -- who has literally gone missing -- hasn't been included in Marc Wilmots' provisional squad.