May 2015, Ousmane Dembélé was playing in the fifth tier of French football for Rennes’ reserve side now, following a move to Borussia Dortmund, the young forward has been called up to the France squad.
The 19-year-old made his Bundesliga debut for Dortmund in a 2-1 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05, which impressed France coach Didier Deschamps.
“It is not because I’m worried that I called Ousmane Dembélé. Obviously offensively we have two players unavailable,” Deschamps said. “In addition to that, some other players lacked some time on the pitch during the weekend. It’s true that Ousmane is a young player and that he was due to play two important games with the Under-21 [team].
“I, however, need a player who is fit like him because he completed the entire [pre-season] preparation with Dortmund, and was there during their first game in the Bundesliga,” added the France manager. “He’s a fast player able to play on both sides. I wanted to have available different kind of players. I’ll see then during the coming days how fit all the players are.”