West Ham United forward Sebastien Haller is targeting his first senior cap for France this season after moving from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 25-year-old admitted he has to replicate his goalscoring form from Holland and Germany in the Premier League to catch the attention of manager Didier Deschamps.
After being overlooked for recent games against Albania and Andorra, Haller shared with the Daily Star that he needs to continue to raise his profile if he is to be noticed this season.
“I would like to play for France.”
“You never know what can happen but it is not possible for the moment.”
“I think it is about profile. I need to get my statistics up and score goals. I did it in Holland. I did it in Germany. Now I want to do it in England. Just to prove to myself and show I can be effective.”
Haller represented his country at all youth levels, and featured for the under-21 squad on 20 separate occasions in his career, scoring an impressive 13 times for the youngsters.
The way Haller has started for the Hammers, it would be no surprise if he is on the radar of Deschamps for future international games this season. The 25-year-old couldn’t have done much more at the beginning of the campaign after scoring three goals in as many games. It isn’t just the forward’s goals that have been so impressive, with his physicality already causing so many problems for opposition defences. Haller has won an average of 5.7 aerial duels per game this campaign already, as well as attempting three shots on goal in each outing according to WhoScored. Those stats only prove he is a constant threat in front of goal no matter who he plays for. With Olivier Giroud struggling for game time behind Tammy Abraham at Chelsea, it could only be a matter of time before Deschamps decides to reward Haller, rather than sticking with the experienced Frenchman on merit.