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New France call up was playing in the Championship five months ago

Jordan Amavi, who finished last season at Aston Villa, has been included in France's latest squad

On 7 May Jordan Amavi lasted 65 minutes of Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with promotion-bound Brighton.

Fast forward five months and he’s just been called up to the France national team as a replacement for PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa.

So what changed?


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For a start, Amavi left Villa this summer and joined Ligue 1 side Marseille.

The 23-year-old has played six times for Marseille this season, with one of those appearances coming in the Europa League.

He’s yet to score or assist but he has been a part of three clean sheets.


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We’d be looking smug if we’d escaped Villa for Birmingham

The left-back has been capped at Under-18, Under-20 and Under-21 level, playing at the 2014 Toulon Tournament alongside Adrien Rabiot and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Amavi now has a chance to win his first senior cap against either Bulgaria or Belarus.

France are top of Group A, ahead of Sweden and Holland, and could confirm qualification for the 2018 World Cup if results go their way.

All aboard the showboat

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All aboard the showboat

Their only loss in the group came against Sweden, although Didier Deschamps’ side did draw to Luxembourg in their last game.

But Amavi will be too excited to think about that at the moment.

Can you imagine how it feels going from playing with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Alan Hutton to Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe?