France call-up is still just a dream for Morgan

Daily Echo: Morgan Schneiderlin Morgan Schneiderlin

As a host of Saints stars departed for international duty this week, one of the club’s finest players was again left behind at St Mary’s.

For Morgan Schneiderlin, these breaks in the domestic calendar provide a reminder of the burning ambition he is yet to fulfil – representing his country, France.

Given his status at Saints, it is a strange sight to see the midfielder inactive during international windows such as these.

However, competition at his position within the French national team is fierce and, despite his magnificent form at club level, a senior call-up has so far eluded Schneiderlin. So, how does he feel staying put while watching so many of his teammates head off on international duty?

“It’s part of the game,” he said.

“My ambition, personally, is to get in the (France) squad, so that’s why I’m working very hard on everything, but that’s the way it is.

“Everyone wants to be in the national team, it’s not just me.

“It’s part of the game, but it will come one day.”

Schneiderlin, who has represented France all the way up to under-21 level, will surely have given his national team manager, Didier Deschamps, something to think about with his performances since Saints returned to the Premier League just over a year ago.

The 23-year-old won every single player-of-the-year award going at St Mary’s last season, and he is a lynchpin of the side that has climbed to fourth place in the table this term.

Schneiderlin has not received any indication from the France set-up about how close to consideration he is, but a repeat – or even an improvement – on what he did during the last campaign would surely make him tough to ignore.

Time, of course, is running out for the Saints ace to force his way into the reckoning before next summer’s World Cup.

France’s place at the tournament is not yet confirmed and, with Spain almost certain to top their qualifying group, Les Bleus are likely to face a play-off to earn their ticket to Brazil.

Assuming they do advance, Schneiderlin knows he faces an uphill battle to break into the squad before the competition begins.

He still retains hope that it might be possible, though.

“I don’t know, there’s not many games,” he said. “France, they play a very important game next month to get that play-off to get to the World Cup, and after that I think it is going to be very hard, to be honest.

“But who knows?

“If Southampton are still doing very well and we’re still keeping in the top four to Christmas, who knows, maybe he’s going to give me a chance to see what I can do and then I have to step up.

“But, at the moment, I feel it’s going to be very hard. There’s many, many good players (in my position).”

Having moved from Strasbourg in 2008 to join Saints, when he was just 18, and with the club enduring some dark times during his first few years with the club, it has taken time for Schneiderlin’s name to appear on the radar at the very top level.

Now it is there, though, he is hoping he can remind those in his homeland of the qualities he has to offer.

“I left France very soon,” said Schneiderlin. “The national team knew me in the under-21s, but people in France they don’t really know me as they do in England, so it’s a bit harder for me.

“But that is how it is. I have no regrets.

“There’s just many, many players. I just need to wait for my chance one day.”

If he keeps improving the way he has been, Schneiderlin’s day will surely arrive sooner rather than later.

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8:01am Thu 10 Oct 13

stu the saint says...

Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you!
Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you! stu the saint
  • Score: 13

8:42am Thu 10 Oct 13

Dave Juson says...

stu the saint wrote:
Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you!
Nice idea, but I can’t see him signing up for England -- he’ll want to join a team with a chance of winning something.
[quote][p][bold]stu the saint[/bold] wrote: Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you![/p][/quote]Nice idea, but I can’t see him signing up for England -- he’ll want to join a team with a chance of winning something. Dave Juson
  • Score: 15

9:15am Thu 10 Oct 13

andoru says...

So long as he's not making the France team he remains hungry to improve, which can only be good for Saints.
So long as he's not making the France team he remains hungry to improve, which can only be good for Saints. andoru
  • Score: 12

9:15am Thu 10 Oct 13

St Retford says...

Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING.

Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.
Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING. Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come. St Retford
  • Score: 18

9:41am Thu 10 Oct 13

stu the saint says...

Dave Juson wrote:
stu the saint wrote:
Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you!
Nice idea, but I can’t see him signing up for England -- he’ll want to join a team with a chance of winning something.
Quite true dave. But also Morgan if you score 2 goals against Sunderland you will be deemed as world class and every sport radio station won't stop going on about it for days on end!
[quote][p][bold]Dave Juson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stu the saint[/bold] wrote: Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you![/p][/quote]Nice idea, but I can’t see him signing up for England -- he’ll want to join a team with a chance of winning something.[/p][/quote]Quite true dave. But also Morgan if you score 2 goals against Sunderland you will be deemed as world class and every sport radio station won't stop going on about it for days on end! stu the saint
  • Score: 13

9:46am Thu 10 Oct 13

Confucious says...

stu the saint wrote:
Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you!
Spiderman gets more English and less French by the day. He even likes soap now.
[quote][p][bold]stu the saint[/bold] wrote: Come play for England spiderman apparently anyone from any nation can... And our midfield could do with you![/p][/quote]Spiderman gets more English and less French by the day. He even likes soap now. Confucious
  • Score: 4

10:57am Thu 10 Oct 13

TIL 7468 says...

Confucious. That's not fair
He's always liked soap :)
Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are.
There are some old Stories on the site.
"Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints'

Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that.

Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him.
He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle.
Confucious. That's not fair He's always liked soap :) Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are. There are some old Stories on the site. "Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints' Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that. Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him. He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle. TIL 7468
  • Score: 4

11:12am Thu 10 Oct 13

terrence77 says...

As a Frenchman I can tell you who is ahead of him Blaise Matuidi PSG, Sissoko Newcastle, Cabaye Newcastle, Griezman Real Sociedad, Mvila Rubin Kazan, Flamini Arsenal, Kondogbia Monaco. He should try to play for England because he has no chance to play for France I'm afraid !
As a Frenchman I can tell you who is ahead of him Blaise Matuidi PSG, Sissoko Newcastle, Cabaye Newcastle, Griezman Real Sociedad, Mvila Rubin Kazan, Flamini Arsenal, Kondogbia Monaco. He should try to play for England because he has no chance to play for France I'm afraid ! terrence77
  • Score: -12

11:25am Thu 10 Oct 13

SeladorAlexander says...

Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod.
Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod. SeladorAlexander
  • Score: 6

11:37am Thu 10 Oct 13

terrence77 says...

SeladorAlexander says...

Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod.

Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible .
SeladorAlexander says... Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod. Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible . terrence77
  • Score: -2

12:34pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

terrence77 wrote:
SeladorAlexander says...

Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod.

Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible .
I guess it's about opinions ........ that and reputations, at least.

Alas, I'm 100% certain (in other words, my opinion is, in fact, right) that he'd have been selected by now if he'd played all last season for, say, Arsenal.

You say he's no better than Grenier, I'd ask if he's 'any worse than' any of those you have mentioned - Matuidi, Sissoko, Cabaye, Griezman, Mvila, Flamini or Kondogbia?
[quote][p][bold]terrence77[/bold] wrote: SeladorAlexander says... Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod. Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible .[/p][/quote]I guess it's about opinions ........ that and reputations, at least. Alas, I'm 100% certain (in other words, my opinion is, in fact, right) that he'd have been selected by now if he'd played all last season for, say, Arsenal. You say he's no better than Grenier, I'd ask if he's 'any worse than' any of those you have mentioned - Matuidi, Sissoko, Cabaye, Griezman, Mvila, Flamini or Kondogbia? Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Just another reader says...

I seem to remember plenty of people saying a certain Rickie Lambert would never play for England, let alone score. I think that ship sailed, and I believe Morgan deserves his chance for France, but it might only come due to injuries to established players. On the upside it means he's fit and ready to bash ManUre in a couple of weeks :0). COYS!!!
I seem to remember plenty of people saying a certain Rickie Lambert would never play for England, let alone score. I think that ship sailed, and I believe Morgan deserves his chance for France, but it might only come due to injuries to established players. On the upside it means he's fit and ready to bash ManUre in a couple of weeks :0). COYS!!! Just another reader
  • Score: 4

1:28pm Thu 10 Oct 13

terrence77 says...

Strasbourg Saint says...


terrence77 wrote:
SeladorAlexander says...

Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod.

Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible .
I guess it's about opinions ........ that and reputations, at least.

Alas, I'm 100% certain (in other words, my opinion is, in fact, right) that he'd have been selected by now if he'd played all last season for, say, Arsenal.

You say he's no better than Grenier, I'd ask if he's 'any worse than' any of those you have mentioned - Matuidi, Sissoko, Cabaye, Griezman, Mvila, Flamini or Kondogbia?

Correct Morgan he's not better than Clement Grenier, Those player mentioned above are way better than him, and you are wrong on this one even if he play for Arsenal he won't play for France ! look at Flamini probably the best player at Arsenal at the moment and he's not even in the squad
Strasbourg Saint says... terrence77 wrote: SeladorAlexander says... Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod. Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible . I guess it's about opinions ........ that and reputations, at least. Alas, I'm 100% certain (in other words, my opinion is, in fact, right) that he'd have been selected by now if he'd played all last season for, say, Arsenal. You say he's no better than Grenier, I'd ask if he's 'any worse than' any of those you have mentioned - Matuidi, Sissoko, Cabaye, Griezman, Mvila, Flamini or Kondogbia? Correct Morgan he's not better than Clement Grenier, Those player mentioned above are way better than him, and you are wrong on this one even if he play for Arsenal he won't play for France ! look at Flamini probably the best player at Arsenal at the moment and he's not even in the squad terrence77
  • Score: -5

1:55pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Confucious says...

TIL 7468 wrote:
Confucious. That's not fair
He's always liked soap :)
Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are.
There are some old Stories on the site.
"Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints'

Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that.

Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him.
He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle.
Fair enough - I'm really glad I've got that wrong.

Nonetheless, when we play Newcastle at St Marys, I've advised the groundsman to sprinkle a lot of flaked soap on the pitch. Just you watch them grimace when they come out - they'll all be faking injuries to get off before half time. I'll be shouting "Off you go - and take your manky crevices off our pitch!"

Perhaps Strasbourg can confirm that the Froggies from Alsace, like Spiderman, are more like the Germans. They aren't scared of soap.
[quote][p][bold]TIL 7468[/bold] wrote: Confucious. That's not fair He's always liked soap :) Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are. There are some old Stories on the site. "Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints' Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that. Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him. He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle.[/p][/quote]Fair enough - I'm really glad I've got that wrong. Nonetheless, when we play Newcastle at St Marys, I've advised the groundsman to sprinkle a lot of flaked soap on the pitch. Just you watch them grimace when they come out - they'll all be faking injuries to get off before half time. I'll be shouting "Off you go - and take your manky crevices off our pitch!" Perhaps Strasbourg can confirm that the Froggies from Alsace, like Spiderman, are more like the Germans. They aren't scared of soap. Confucious
  • Score: 4

2:46pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Confucious wrote:
TIL 7468 wrote:
Confucious. That's not fair
He's always liked soap :)
Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are.
There are some old Stories on the site.
"Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints'

Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that.

Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him.
He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle.
Fair enough - I'm really glad I've got that wrong.

Nonetheless, when we play Newcastle at St Marys, I've advised the groundsman to sprinkle a lot of flaked soap on the pitch. Just you watch them grimace when they come out - they'll all be faking injuries to get off before half time. I'll be shouting "Off you go - and take your manky crevices off our pitch!"

Perhaps Strasbourg can confirm that the Froggies from Alsace, like Spiderman, are more like the Germans. They aren't scared of soap.
I used to think that Alsace has the best of France and the best of Germany.

So, good beer AND good wine; they'd follow the rules when they're important, BUT break them when they're stupid; welcome strangers when they're, well, um, ME, BUT have a healthy 'don't-you-come-here
-with-your-foreign-w
ays' attitude when they're, well, um, other English teachers who are after my job.

In fact (and, to back this up, there's probably a law concerning the higher the fewer or something), we have to suffer French driving, French admin and French beer, German humour, Germanesque wine and an unhealthy element of Alsace nationalism, through which Alsace became the first to elect a Front National deputy to Paris but would, however, probably not welcome Marine Le Pen because she's not Alsacian enough.

As for the soap, I don't know. Maybe we're close enough to Italy for their zealously perfumed ways to have ('scuse the pun) 'rubbed off' on the Alsatians dans la douche.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TIL 7468[/bold] wrote: Confucious. That's not fair He's always liked soap :) Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are. There are some old Stories on the site. "Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints' Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that. Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him. He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle.[/p][/quote]Fair enough - I'm really glad I've got that wrong. Nonetheless, when we play Newcastle at St Marys, I've advised the groundsman to sprinkle a lot of flaked soap on the pitch. Just you watch them grimace when they come out - they'll all be faking injuries to get off before half time. I'll be shouting "Off you go - and take your manky crevices off our pitch!" Perhaps Strasbourg can confirm that the Froggies from Alsace, like Spiderman, are more like the Germans. They aren't scared of soap.[/p][/quote]I used to think that Alsace has the best of France and the best of Germany. So, good beer AND good wine; they'd follow the rules when they're important, BUT break them when they're stupid; welcome strangers when they're, well, um, ME, BUT have a healthy 'don't-you-come-here -with-your-foreign-w ays' attitude when they're, well, um, other English teachers who are after my job. In fact (and, to back this up, there's probably a law concerning the higher the fewer or something), we have to suffer French driving, French admin and French beer, German humour, Germanesque wine and an unhealthy element of Alsace nationalism, through which Alsace became the first to elect a Front National deputy to Paris but would, however, probably not welcome Marine Le Pen because she's not Alsacian enough. As for the soap, I don't know. Maybe we're close enough to Italy for their zealously perfumed ways to have ('scuse the pun) 'rubbed off' on the Alsatians dans la douche. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

3:20pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

terrence77 wrote:
Strasbourg Saint says...


terrence77 wrote:
SeladorAlexander says...

Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod.

Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible .
I guess it's about opinions ........ that and reputations, at least.

Alas, I'm 100% certain (in other words, my opinion is, in fact, right) that he'd have been selected by now if he'd played all last season for, say, Arsenal.

You say he's no better than Grenier, I'd ask if he's 'any worse than' any of those you have mentioned - Matuidi, Sissoko, Cabaye, Griezman, Mvila, Flamini or Kondogbia?

Correct Morgan he's not better than Clement Grenier, Those player mentioned above are way better than him, and you are wrong on this one even if he play for Arsenal he won't play for France ! look at Flamini probably the best player at Arsenal at the moment and he's not even in the squad
Do you honestly believe ALL those you mention are way better than Morgan?

I know nothing about Kondogbia or Griezman and very little about Mvila, to be fair, but I've not seen anything from the others which makes Morgan any less of a player than them.

Stats can be misleading but his stats (tackles, pass completion etc.) last year were right up there in what most consider the toughest league in Europe. It's not as though Les Bleus have set the world on fire this past year, is it?
[quote][p][bold]terrence77[/bold] wrote: Strasbourg Saint says... terrence77 wrote: SeladorAlexander says... Morgan, if you're reading this and you truly want to get into the le team, then all you have to do is play a blinder of a game on 23rd November against the gooners. It seems there's no love lost between Wenger and Deschamps and if Didier see's you outshine and outpace monsieur Flamini then you may well get the nod. Even if he does outpace Flamini he still won't be pick for France, Don't get me wrong he's a good player but he's no Better than Clement Grenier for example he has a long way to go ! he should play for England he's eligible . I guess it's about opinions ........ that and reputations, at least. Alas, I'm 100% certain (in other words, my opinion is, in fact, right) that he'd have been selected by now if he'd played all last season for, say, Arsenal. You say he's no better than Grenier, I'd ask if he's 'any worse than' any of those you have mentioned - Matuidi, Sissoko, Cabaye, Griezman, Mvila, Flamini or Kondogbia? Correct Morgan he's not better than Clement Grenier, Those player mentioned above are way better than him, and you are wrong on this one even if he play for Arsenal he won't play for France ! look at Flamini probably the best player at Arsenal at the moment and he's not even in the squad[/p][/quote]Do you honestly believe ALL those you mention are way better than Morgan? I know nothing about Kondogbia or Griezman and very little about Mvila, to be fair, but I've not seen anything from the others which makes Morgan any less of a player than them. Stats can be misleading but his stats (tackles, pass completion etc.) last year were right up there in what most consider the toughest league in Europe. It's not as though Les Bleus have set the world on fire this past year, is it? Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Confucious says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Confucious wrote:
TIL 7468 wrote:
Confucious. That's not fair
He's always liked soap :)
Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are.
There are some old Stories on the site.
"Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints'

Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that.

Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him.
He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle.
Fair enough - I'm really glad I've got that wrong.

Nonetheless, when we play Newcastle at St Marys, I've advised the groundsman to sprinkle a lot of flaked soap on the pitch. Just you watch them grimace when they come out - they'll all be faking injuries to get off before half time. I'll be shouting "Off you go - and take your manky crevices off our pitch!"

Perhaps Strasbourg can confirm that the Froggies from Alsace, like Spiderman, are more like the Germans. They aren't scared of soap.
I used to think that Alsace has the best of France and the best of Germany.

So, good beer AND good wine; they'd follow the rules when they're important, BUT break them when they're stupid; welcome strangers when they're, well, um, ME, BUT have a healthy 'don't-you-come-here

-with-your-foreign-w

ays' attitude when they're, well, um, other English teachers who are after my job.

In fact (and, to back this up, there's probably a law concerning the higher the fewer or something), we have to suffer French driving, French admin and French beer, German humour, Germanesque wine and an unhealthy element of Alsace nationalism, through which Alsace became the first to elect a Front National deputy to Paris but would, however, probably not welcome Marine Le Pen because she's not Alsacian enough.

As for the soap, I don't know. Maybe we're close enough to Italy for their zealously perfumed ways to have ('scuse the pun) 'rubbed off' on the Alsatians dans la douche.
My Auntie Elspeth says the Germans are all piggy-looking, sadomasochistic automatons, with an uncivilised spitty language and a diet restricted to old cabbage and constipating gore-filled animal intestines - but, unlike me, she is a bit prejudiced.

Any of you friends over there know about the soap issue?
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TIL 7468[/bold] wrote: Confucious. That's not fair He's always liked soap :) Anyway I took Morgans attittude over the past 4 seasons as to what int's ambitions are. There are some old Stories on the site. "Morgan aiming for the Prem with Saints' Promotion hunting Morgan.... Stuff like that. Now if he says we are going to remain top 4 I'm inclined to believe him. He actually sounds more positive about that than getting a regular slot in the French Team and when I say French team I don't mean Newcastle.[/p][/quote]Fair enough - I'm really glad I've got that wrong. Nonetheless, when we play Newcastle at St Marys, I've advised the groundsman to sprinkle a lot of flaked soap on the pitch. Just you watch them grimace when they come out - they'll all be faking injuries to get off before half time. I'll be shouting "Off you go - and take your manky crevices off our pitch!" Perhaps Strasbourg can confirm that the Froggies from Alsace, like Spiderman, are more like the Germans. They aren't scared of soap.[/p][/quote]I used to think that Alsace has the best of France and the best of Germany. So, good beer AND good wine; they'd follow the rules when they're important, BUT break them when they're stupid; welcome strangers when they're, well, um, ME, BUT have a healthy 'don't-you-come-here -with-your-foreign-w ays' attitude when they're, well, um, other English teachers who are after my job. In fact (and, to back this up, there's probably a law concerning the higher the fewer or something), we have to suffer French driving, French admin and French beer, German humour, Germanesque wine and an unhealthy element of Alsace nationalism, through which Alsace became the first to elect a Front National deputy to Paris but would, however, probably not welcome Marine Le Pen because she's not Alsacian enough. As for the soap, I don't know. Maybe we're close enough to Italy for their zealously perfumed ways to have ('scuse the pun) 'rubbed off' on the Alsatians dans la douche.[/p][/quote]My Auntie Elspeth says the Germans are all piggy-looking, sadomasochistic automatons, with an uncivilised spitty language and a diet restricted to old cabbage and constipating gore-filled animal intestines - but, unlike me, she is a bit prejudiced. Any of you friends over there know about the soap issue? Confucious
  • Score: 4

5:16pm Thu 10 Oct 13

El Santo says...

St Retford wrote:
Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING.

Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.
Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING. Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.[/p][/quote]Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us... El Santo
  • Score: 4

6:27pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Clausentum Saint says...

Other than Morgan Schneiderlin,what have the French ever done for us !!
Other than Morgan Schneiderlin,what have the French ever done for us !! Clausentum Saint
  • Score: 3

6:56pm Thu 10 Oct 13

jls217 says...

He is a good midfielder we consider great because he's one of ours. He is not yet great though he certainly could be in time and that is when he will be able to make his way into the French squad.
He is a good midfielder we consider great because he's one of ours. He is not yet great though he certainly could be in time and that is when he will be able to make his way into the French squad. jls217
  • Score: 2

7:34pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

MORE GOALS NIPPER AND LA
FRANCE WILL COME KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR!
MORE GOALS NIPPER AND LA FRANCE WILL COME KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 3

8:42pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING.

Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.
Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...
I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check.

All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.
[quote][p][bold]El Santo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING. Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.[/p][/quote]Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...[/p][/quote]I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check. All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Clausentum Saint says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING.

Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.
Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...
I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check.

All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.
So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season.
Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured.
I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'.
I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions.
Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]El Santo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING. Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.[/p][/quote]Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...[/p][/quote]I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check. All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.[/p][/quote]So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season. Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured. I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'. I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions. Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space. Clausentum Saint
  • Score: 3

9:28pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Clausentum Saint wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING.

Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.
Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...
I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check.

All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.
So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season.
Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured.
I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'.
I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions.
Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space.
Abso-bl00dy-lutely. Alas, changing the football culture across the leagues is one thing, changing the culture at the FA and the French FA is something else.

IMO, Morgan more than any of our other players (yep, even Rickie) deserves to be in Brazil next year. Here's hoping!
[quote][p][bold]Clausentum Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]El Santo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING. Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.[/p][/quote]Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...[/p][/quote]I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check. All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.[/p][/quote]So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season. Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured. I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'. I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions. Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space.[/p][/quote]Abso-bl00dy-lutely. Alas, changing the football culture across the leagues is one thing, changing the culture at the FA and the French FA is something else. IMO, Morgan more than any of our other players (yep, even Rickie) deserves to be in Brazil next year. Here's hoping! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Clausentum Saint says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Clausentum Saint wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING.

Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.
Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...
I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check.

All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.
So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season.
Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured.
I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'.
I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions.
Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space.
Abso-bl00dy-lutely. Alas, changing the football culture across the leagues is one thing, changing the culture at the FA and the French FA is something else.

IMO, Morgan more than any of our other players (yep, even Rickie) deserves to be in Brazil next year. Here's hoping!
Totally agree Stras but revolutions grow as the French should know and recognise,otherwise they are for the 'chop'.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clausentum Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]El Santo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING. Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.[/p][/quote]Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...[/p][/quote]I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check. All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.[/p][/quote]So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season. Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured. I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'. I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions. Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space.[/p][/quote]Abso-bl00dy-lutely. Alas, changing the football culture across the leagues is one thing, changing the culture at the FA and the French FA is something else. IMO, Morgan more than any of our other players (yep, even Rickie) deserves to be in Brazil next year. Here's hoping![/p][/quote]Totally agree Stras but revolutions grow as the French should know and recognise,otherwise they are for the 'chop'. Clausentum Saint
  • Score: 2

10:30pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Clausentum Saint wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Clausentum Saint wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING.

Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.
Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...
I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check.

All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.
So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season.
Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured.
I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'.
I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions.
Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space.
Abso-bl00dy-lutely. Alas, changing the football culture across the leagues is one thing, changing the culture at the FA and the French FA is something else.

IMO, Morgan more than any of our other players (yep, even Rickie) deserves to be in Brazil next year. Here's hoping!
Totally agree Stras but revolutions grow as the French should know and recognise,otherwise they are for the 'chop'.
True. They do like a nice juicy revolution over here. However, lest we forget, it took about 50 years from the 1789 revolution (through the reign of terror, Napoleon and a couple more monarchs) until they finally got their 'democracy'. Hope the French FA are a bit more (how shall I put it?) 'chop chop' than that.
[quote][p][bold]Clausentum Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clausentum Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]El Santo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance but which players are keeping him out of the French side? They must be AMAZING. Still, he's only 23 so I reckon his chance will come.[/p][/quote]Strassie, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the French team has really weird politics when it comes to their national team. From what I've heard, you have to have played in the U-21 teams and be a regular to be called up, know people and so on.... They may have changed, though, but I think he has no chance of playing for France unless he singlehandedly wins the PL for us...[/p][/quote]I don't know, ES. Terrence77 may know and I might just check. All I know is that he'd be talked about more - and Didier would have more pressure to select him - if he played for a so-called bigger club. Much like, say, Adam and England.[/p][/quote]So,Morgan needs to be playing for a bigger club to get selected,well that will all be sorted by the end of the season. Saints are going to be a bigger club by the end of this season,rest assured. I predict that the call will be for the national side to play 'Southampton style'. I have no doubt that we,Southampton,are changing the playing culture of not only the premiership but all of the league divisions. Saints are at the forefront of a footballing revolution in England. It initially came from the continent but it is now with us and we will add to it,watch this space.[/p][/quote]Abso-bl00dy-lutely. Alas, changing the football culture across the leagues is one thing, changing the culture at the FA and the French FA is something else. IMO, Morgan more than any of our other players (yep, even Rickie) deserves to be in Brazil next year. Here's hoping![/p][/quote]Totally agree Stras but revolutions grow as the French should know and recognise,otherwise they are for the 'chop'.[/p][/quote]True. They do like a nice juicy revolution over here. However, lest we forget, it took about 50 years from the 1789 revolution (through the reign of terror, Napoleon and a couple more monarchs) until they finally got their 'democracy'. Hope the French FA are a bit more (how shall I put it?) 'chop chop' than that. Strasbourg Saint
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