New West Ham United star Sebastien Haller has made no secret of his desire to earn a France call-up.
Haller joined West Ham from Eintracht Frankfurt in July for record £45 million.
And the 25-year-old has made an effortless start to life in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has scored three goals and provided as many assists in six games for the Hammers.
But it is his all-round game that has impressed fans and pundits the most.
Effortless Haller snubbed by France again in favour of outcast
The agile and powerful forward seems to have all the attributes to be a hit in the Premier League, and it is a case of so far, so good.
But he continues to be overlooked for the French side by Didier Deschamps in favour of ageing Olivier Giroud.
That’s despite the Chelsea outcast making just three appearances in the Premier League this season having lost his place to Tammy Abraham.
Haller has never been capped by the senior French side, although he did impress at youth level, scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances for their under-21s.
His supreme form for Frankfurt in recent seasons has counted for little.
And his fast start in the fiercely competitive Premier League has done little to sway Deschamps so far.
Seb’s hopes of dream call-up lool bleak
Haller told reporters recently that he hopes to earn a call-up to the French team very soon, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“I would like to play for France,” Haller said.
“You never know what can happen but it is not possible for the moment. I think it is about profile and I need to get my statistics up and score goals. I did it in Holland and in Germany. Now I want to do it in England. Just to prove to myself and show I can be effective. I think West Ham was a good club to show this.”
Deschamps has previous with Payet
Unfortunately for Haller, Deschamps has previous. He persistently ignored calls for Dimitri Payet to be selected for France despite the scintillating start he made to his West Ham career.
After months of public pressure, both in England and France – coupled with Payet’s supreme form – Deschamps finally caved and called up the playmaker.
The then Hammers star went on to become a central figure in the side as France made it to the final of Euro 2016 where they lost to Portugal.
West Ham fans will be hoping Haller – and indeed teammate Issa Diop – can keep the pressure on Deschamps with their form for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as Euro 2020 looms next summer.