Joining up with the France squad
"When I arrived at Clairefontaine, I had a talk with Didier Deschamps. He told me I might feature in one of the two games. It was a nice surprise to come on against Albania, I wasn't expecting it. And against Sweden, it was a very big surprise to discover I was starting the game. When I saw my name on the teamsheet… It was a great feeling."
"I had to sing a song by Corneille " (a popular soul singer, -Ed.) called "Parce ce qu’on vient de loin", as a kind of initiation. I got a really nice welcome, from the staff and the players. I already knew Guilavogui, Zouma, Digne… We were in the U21s together."
His new teammates
"You know there are some very experienced players there, playing for big clubs. There are players with bags of talent, they're really very impressive. I don't compare myself to them, but I think if the manager put his faith in me, that means I'm good enough."
"When I sang the national anthem, the Marseillaise, before the France - Sweden game. That was the most moving moment. All my family were in the stands. I looked over in their direction a few times and I could see them. They were very emotional."
The match against Sweden
"I told myself I'd need a big performance, that I needed to be fully focused. I tried to bring what I know. I think it went well. Despite the injury, I'm happy with my display."
More international caps in the future?
"I hope this is just the start. But it's all down to me now. I need to do well for my club and prove every game that I'm good enough to play at international level. Once you've got a taste of playing for France, you just want to go back. I'll do everything I can to make that happen."
Layvin was withdrawn against Sweden fifteen minutes from time, suffering with a left thigh strain that will keep him out for at least four weeks >>> Medical statement
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