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

Last Updated: 07/06/14 at 17:57 Post Comment

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

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

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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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