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Morgan's 'surprise' at call-up

Morgan Schneiderlin admits being in shock following his late call-up to France's World Cup squad.

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Morgan Schneiderlin: In shock following his call-up to the France squad

Morgan Schneiderlin: In shock following his call-up to the France squad

The Southampton midfielder was one of two players added to the French squad after Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier were forced to withdraw because of injury.

And the uncapped 24-year-old says he almost decided not to answer the telephone call from coach Didier Deschamps.

Deschamps told him on Thursday that he was on stand-by to play in Brazil and 24 hours later confirmed he was needed by his national team.

Schneiderlin said: "I didn't answer the call to start with because I did not recognise the number.

"He told me two players were injured so I needed to be ready and that he would contact me the next day to tell me if I must come.

"After that call, I needed a bit of time before I could sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen the next day.

"He did not promise me anything, just that I needed to be ready. It was certainly not the easiest night I have had.

"Then Friday, he called me and told me I needed to come. It was an incredible day.

"I can't believe it - everything has happened so quickly."

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