Anthony Martial admits he endured a “disastrous” Euro 2016 campaign but insists his experiences with France will help improve him as a player.
The Manchester United forward failed to take his club form from last season on to the international stage in the summer, starting only one game for France during a campaign which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final in Paris.
Martial was restored to Didier Deschamps’ starting XI for the friendly against Italy on Thursday and the 20-year-old rediscovered his goalscoring touch with the opener in a 3-1 victory over the Azzurri.
The former Monaco forward says he learning from his difficult summer, telling French TV: “It was a very difficult Euros – disastrous. We didn’t manage to win the title and I spent it on the bench. It happens, I am young, I am going to learn from that.
“It was the first time I had played so much for my club but that is not an excuse. I should have been better.”