West Ham United star Sebastien Haller has made no secret of his desire to force his way into the France squad.
Soon after completing a club record £45million move to West Ham, Haller made his ambitions clear.
“It is possible, I would take it (a France call-up)! I am open,” Haller told L’Equipe.
“Well, between now and then, I am going to have to score some goals.”
The 6ft 3in Frenchman has backed up his words with actions too.
Haller the new Hammers hero
Three goals in his first three games for the Hammers is testament to that.
But his all round game has been what has impressed West Ham fans and Premier League pundits more than anything.
Often compared to the likes of Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic it is something of a mystery as to why Haller, who has represented his country at every youth level, is yet to earn a single senior cap.
Of course competition for places is hot when it comes to the current world champions.
But with Giroud not getting any younger and currently warming the bench for Chelsea, many felt Haller may get his chance in the upcoming internationals.
Didier Deschamps – who ignored Dimitri Payet repeatedly at the start of his West Ham fairytale before finally giving in to public pressure and calling up the playmaker – seems to be at it again.
The World Cup holders will play Albania on Saturday the 7th of September and then Andorra on Tuesday the 10th.
Tammy Abraham understudy Giroud keeps France place
But Haller has not been selected while Giroud is once again called up despite being behind the likes of Tammy Abraham at Stamford Bridge.
Now Deschamps has explained why Giroud got the nod ahead of the likes of Haller and Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette.
“He is in a difficult situation sadly for him and for us with his club,” Deschamps told the press as reported by Get French Football News.
“It is not ideal.
“However with us he has always given a good showing, the statistics will show you that.”
Deschamps explains selection
Quite how aspiring internationals such as Haller can hope to get a call-up if Deschamps only selects players who have already played for the senior side is anyone’s guess.
Giroud is yesterday’s man and one would think Deschamps would be looking to bring through new blood ahead of the European Championships at the end of the season.
In the meantime Haller will just have to keep scoring goals for West Ham and putting his name in the equation.