(Video) Anthony Martial breaks five-year goal drought for France

Anthony Martial has broken his goalscoring duck for his nation after ending a five-year run without a goal for France. The 25-year-old forward was a surprise inclusion in Didier Deschamps’ squad but instantly repaid his manager for the trust shown in him.

Deschamps has remained loyal to Martial, calling him up for each of the last four camps, with this summer’s European Championships being the only exception. The former Monaco star was expected to be involved at Euro 2020 but a serious knee injury ruled him out.

Against Ukraine on Saturday, Martial ended a five-year run without a goal for France, having previously scored his only goal for Les Bleus against Italy in 2016.

Footage courtesy of BeIN Sports

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The timed volley allowed France to get back into the game after an indifferent start but Martial was withdrawn shortly after the goal, most likely owing to his lack of fitness after almost six months on the sidelines.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for Martial to repeat the trick when he returns to United and he eyes a return amongst the goals at club level as well.

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