Matteo Guendouzi on finding out he was in the France squad: “I was having an afternoon nap.”

Speaking to French Football Federation cameras, Arsenal’s 20-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi broke down how he found out it was getting his first call-up to the senior team.

“I was having an afternoon nap, someone knocked at my door, but I didn’t hear it, because I was asleep. Then the coach (Sylvain Ripoll) rang me, he said it was me who knocked etc, so I went to see him directly. He said: “We need to speak, I really like you, but you need to go.” I was confused, I was like, where? He said: “The A team.” In my head I was like wow, I didn’t believe it initially because 10 minutes earlier I was sleeping. I thought I was still in a dream. Then the coach spoke to me some more, explained the situation that I was with the senior team and its a dream. Thankfully I took a shower after, so that it could properly sink in. I think the coach can describe my reaction better than I can, but my eyes popped out of my head. It is a big surprise for me today. This is a dream of mine since I was a kid. This is extraordinary, I think that any French player would want to be in this team. It is ginormous. There aren’t enough words to describe how it feels.”


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