Moussa Sissoko speaks of his footballing hurt

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Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko has spoken after being recalled to the French national side for the first time since facing Belarus in October of last year.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has found himself in Didier Deschamps’ squad for this week’s matches against Holland and Uruguay after a spate of injuries.

Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Benjamin Mendy, Samuel Umtiti and Alexandre Lacazette have all pulled out with Sissoko looking to prove his worth after a year in the international wilderness.

The 29-year-old was left out of France’s squad for this summer’s World Cup which saw Les Bleus lift the coveted trophy for the first time since 1998.

Sissoko has had a tough time at Tottenham since his £30million (Sky Sports) move from Newcastle United in 2016, but has recently started to show some of his best form.

Tottenham fans have been quick to recognise the improvement in Sissoko’s on-field efforts and were clearly heard singing his name during and after the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend.

“My aim has always been the same,” he told RMC (via Get French Football News). “To try to perform and to produce results with this team.

“Individually, I want to put in good performances if I receive playing time and to stay in the team for as long as possible.

“The fact that I was not in Russia was a regret, yes, I was a little hurt, but that is part of football, there are highs and lows.

“I had the chance to be at the Brazil World Cup and the Euros in France.

“Sadly, the Russian World Cup did not follow, but I am not beaten, I still have a career in front of me.

“Now it is up to me to try to play in the future big competitions.”

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