Matteo Guendouzi reveals how he celebrated his first France call-up

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The Arsenal midfielder has been selected by Didier Deschamps for the first time following an impressive start to the season

Arsenal central midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has revealed he was having an afternoon nap when he got the news of his call-up to the French national side .

The 20-year-old has been one of the Gunner’s best players so far this season and was Man of the Match in his side’s 2-2 draw against rivals Tottenham this weekend.

Guendouzi had joined up with the French U-21 team when he got the news, but admits he was somewhat taken by surprise when he was told of his promotion.

“I was having an afternoon nap, someone knocked at my door but I didn’t hear it, because I was asleep,” Guendouzi said. “Then the coach (Sylvain Ripoll) rang me, he said it was me who knocked etc, so I went to see him directly.

“He said: ‘We need to speak, I really like you, but you need to go. I was confused, I was like, where? He said: ‘The A team.’

“In my head I was like wow, I didn’t believe it initially because 10 minutes earlier I was sleeping. I thought I was still in a dream. Then the coach spoke to me some more, explained the situation that I was with the senior team and it’s a dream.

“Thankfully I took a shower after, so that it could properly sink in. I think the coach can describe my reaction better than I can, but my eyes popped out of my head.”

Guendouzi has been rewarded for his impressive start to the campaign, and admitted representing his country at senior level has always been in his thoughts.

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