If Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is called up to the France senior squad, Chelsea midfielder N’golo Kante believes it will be because he deserves it.
The young striker has impressed with Scottish side Celtic, scoring three hattricks already this season and he already has 29 goals.
His achievements in Scotland has seen him been courted by top clubs in Europe , with Chelsea linked with signing him in January and Manchester United and Madrid keeping a close eye on him.
Kante is among those to have been impressed with his form and believes he is ready to move up in class, having represented France in all youth levels from U16-U21.
He commented on reports suggesting that the Celtic forward could be named in Didier Deschamps’ next France squad, telling The Sun: “If Dembele is called up, it will be fully deserved.
“You do not score the amount of goals that he has scored this season and it goes unnoticed.
“He has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe this season.
“He must be playing with so much confidence and that is always one of the most important things for a striker.
“The coach picks on form. I don’t think the fact he isn’t playing for what people might consider one of the elite European clubs will be held against him.
“The coach gave me a chance when I was at Leicester and Dimitri Payet a chance when he was at West Ham.
“I do not think that is a worry. He’s scoring a lot of goals and playing well – that’s all that matters.”