5-star performance lands Yedder first French call-up

Wissam Ben Yedder of Sevilla celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla FC held at Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain, 13 March 2018. EPA/PETER POWELL

Sevilla forward Wissam Ben Yedder was called up by France for the first time on Thursday after his UEFA Champions League double against Manchester United earlier this week.

The 27-year-old Ben Yedder struck twice at Old Trafford to send Sevilla through to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win against Manchester United on Tuesday.

The former Toulouse striker was included in Didier Deschamps’ squad for friendlies against Colombia on March 23 and in Russia against the World Cup hosts four days later.

France will play in Group C at the World Cup where they will face Australia, Peru and Denmark.