Martial Shows He’s Good Enough To Be France’s First-Choice Striker vs Croatia

France’s Anthony Martial reacts after going down.

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Anthony Martial was excellent in his display with France against Croatia.

The reigning World Cup champions were prominent during the effective replay of the finals in Russia from 2018 as the UEFA Nations League pegged the two sides against each other again on Tuesday.

The scoreline was identical this time too at 4-2 with France getting goals through Antoine Griezmann, Dayot Upamecano, a penalty from Olivier Giroud, and an own goal via Dominik Livakovic.

Croatia did make the tie highly interesting, opening the scoring via Dejan Lovren and then equalizing in the second half through Josip Brekalo.

In the end, though, it was France that secured the victory and the performances of one man has left fans excited.

Anthony Martial was excellent during the fixture. This time around, he was given the starting spot itself and showed his skillset early on by assisting Griezmann’s equalizer to make it 1-1.

The Manchester United player nearly scored as well, hitting the woodwork and his workrate throughout the game was quite something too, especially given that he got into several duels.

Fans stormed to Twitter to make their assessment known.

 

Through such a performance, the 24-year-old also made a crucial statement about his effectiveness.

He essentially made a strong argument as to why he ought to be given the start more often on the national level, ahead of the likes of Giroud and Wissam Ben Yedder.

At Old Trafford, he is Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first-choice striker and now he is clearly positioning himself to be Didier Deschamps go-to option as well.

Meanwhile, Martial FC will be eager for him to now return to Manchester and ape, if not better, his career-best goalscoring tally from last season.