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Gus McCubbing
Manchester United's Anthony Martial was revered as a soccer player from the age of six

Today's Birthday, December 5: French footballer Anthony Martial (1995 - )

Rising star Anthony Martial still has a promising future with France despite not being picked in the national football team's recent European qualifiers.

The 23-year-old striker was snubbed in favour of veteran World Cup winner Olivier Giroud for France's 2-1 win over Moldova last month.

But French manager Didier Deschamps insisted Martial, who also plays for Premier League juggernaut Manchester United, remain in his long-term plans.

"He was part of the French team on a regular basis, but recently he was often injured," Deschamps told reporters in November.

"He came back not so long ago and it's going well in his role as a central striker with Manchester United. For a long time he's been part of the players likely to be called up."

Martial was born in Massy in Essonne south of the French capital in 1995.

He played for a small club in southeastern Paris called Club Omnisports Les Ulis - the very same place French legends Thierry Henry and Patrice Evra cut their teeth - from the age of six to 14.

Aziz Benaaddane, a coach who first spotted Martial's talent at the club, told BBC in 2015 he always thought the forward was destined for great things.

"My first memory of Anthony? He was very young - maybe six - and with the ball he would run in a line straight to the goal," he said.

"We've got 400 youngsters playing for us but a talent like that arrives only once every five or six years. We felt it, we saw the potential and we pushed him.

"We knew from the age of nine or 10 that he would be a top, top player in European football."

Martial was spotted by scouts from the Olympique Lyonnais academy at 14 years old. He joined that year.

He made his professional debut for Lyon on December 6 2012, in a Europa League group stage match.

Martial signed with AS Monaco in June 2013 and made his first appearance for the rival Ligue One club in November that year, aged just 17.

But in September 2015 Martial joined Manchester United for STG36 million, which was then the highest ever transfer fee paid for a teenager.

He has scored 37 goals in 120 appearances for the Red Devils.