Frenchman Schneiderlin on World Cup standby

By SFC Media Tue 13 May First team

Morgan Schneiderlin has been called up by France for the first time, having been included in their 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

The 24-year-old is initially named on a seven-player standby list, with Didier Deschamps due to submit his final 23-man squad on 2nd June.

Schneiderlin will link up with his countrymen on Monday, when the party reports to the FFF's training base at Clairfontaine, just outside Paris.

The seven standby players will be available for a friendly against Norway at the Stade de France on Tuesday 27th May, before being released from the training camp the following day.

Schneiderlin has never represented his country at senior level, but has been capped for their Under-16s, Under-17s, Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s.

His last international appearance came in October 2010, when he scored for the Under-21s in a 3-1 win over Denmark shortly before his 21st birthday.

The former Strasbourg man has had to wait patiently since then, having helped Southampton – the club he joined in June 2008 – climb from League 1 to a top-half finish in the Premier League this season.

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