Morgan Schneiderlin snubbed by France as United midfielder placed on Euros reserve list

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Morgan Schneiderlin snubbed by France as United midfielder placed on Euros reserve list

Morgan Schneiderlin has failed to make France's European Championship squad after an inconsistent first season with Manchester United, being named on the reserve list by manager Didier Deschamps.

France will host this summer's tournament and Schneiderlin looked certain for inclusion on home soil after being a key man in coach Didier Deschamps' midfield throughout the build-up.

However, the France squad was named today with no place for United man.

He was, however, included on the reserve list by Deschamps and his coaching staff:

Schneiderlin lost his place in the last squad, for March's friendlies against Holland and Russia, to Leicester's emerging star N'Golo Kante and admitted on Tuesday that his chances had diminished.

"It would be a lie to say that I am 100 per cent optimistic," he told L'Equipe. "My chances are a bit less.

"But it would also be a lie to say that I don't believe. For two years, I have practically made every squad. It has been a dream. It is always at the back of my mind.

"I am going to await the announcement with impatience, and see what happens without any regrets because it will be the coach's decision."

Reflecting on his form since leaving Southampton to move to Old Trafford last summer, the 26-year-old gave a similarly mixed outlook.

"It has been like the team as a whole - some good matches and some less good ones," he said.

"Everything is different at Manchester United. A good match at Southampton is perhaps seen as bad at Manchester.

"When I signed at Manchester, I wanted to play all the matches, be involved all the time, so I am not totally satisfied. I am not dissatisfied, I am not happy - I am in the middle.

"But this is my first year, I am convinced that I will return very, very strong next season."