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Ben Yedder has been in fantastic form for the Spanish outfit this season, scoring two La Liga goals from seven appearances and eight in the Champions League.

The 27-year-old, who has only been capped at Under-21 level for Les Bleus, is hoping to catch the attention of national team manager Didier Deschamps.

Competition for places in the France team is high, with Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud all vying for a spot, but the Los Rojiblancos star is confident of making it to Russia.

“I am concentrating on my targets and nobody can stop me from reaching them,” he told RMC. “What I want to do is give the coach a choice to make because there are already a number of great players in my position who are more established with the national team.

“That means I need to make up for lost time, but it is a challenge I want, and I believe this will improve my game, too. I don’t want to give up trying and I believe I can fight for this place, I don’t want to listen to people who doubt me.”



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