Marcus Thuram, son of World Cup winner Lilian, earns maiden France call-up

Borussia Monchengladbach forward has 'the ability to make a difference with his power and impact'

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on October 27, 2020, Moenchengladbach's French forward Marcus Thuram celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match  Borussia Moenchengladbach v Real Madrid in Moenchengladbach, western Germany. Marcus Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, was called up to France's squad by coach Didier Deschamps on November 5, 2020, or the first time for internationals later this month. / AFP / Ina Fassbender
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Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram, son of France's 1998 World Cup winner Lilian, earned his first call-up to the French national team when coach Didier Deschamps named a 26-man squad on Thursday for three international games this month.

Thuram has scored three goals in 10 games for the Bundesliga club in all competitions this season, including a double in their 2-2 Champions League draw against Real Madrid last month.

"He has the ability to make a difference with his power and impact," Deschamps said of the 23-year-old who was in the France squad that won the Under 19 European Championship in 2016.

France host a friendly with Finland next Wednesday before playing Nations League matches away to European champions Portugal on November 14 and at home to Sweden three days later.

Deschamps also included injured forward Kylian Mbappe who missed Paris Saint-Germain's 2-1 Champions League defeat at RB Leipzig on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, while midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was left out with a muscle problem.

France are second in Nations League A Group 3 with 10 points from four games behind Portugal on goal difference. Croatia are third with three points while Sweden are bottom without a point.