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William Saliba gets first senior French national team call-up

Marseille defender William Saliba has been handed his first call-up to the senior French national team following Benjamin Pavard’s withdrawal from the team.

The Bayern Munich defender had tested positive for Covid-19 last week, only hours after being named in Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad list.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan at OM from Arsenal, gets his reward for an impressive season with Ligue 1’s second-placed team.

France will face Ivory Coast and South Africa in a double header of friendlies at home – the first will be in Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome, and the second in Lille.

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