France midfielder Adrien Rabiot said he did not expect to be recalled so soon by coach Didier Deschamps after turning down a place in the squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Rabiot was selected by Deschamps in August, earning his seventh cap in a 1-0 Nations League win in Sweden in early September.

He has won three caps since and shone in Les Bleus’ 1-0 victory over Portugal in Lisbon on Saturday, which sent the world champions into the last four of the Nations League.

“I was surprised to be called back so soon, but the coach even told me he could have called me back sooner,” Rabiot said.

“We had a good talk, I enjoyed the conversation and it freed us both up.”

Rabiot said his move to Juventus from Paris St Germain last year had helped him mature.

“The fact of having changed environment, club, country – all that makes you grow. Working so much on tactics, which we’re not used to doing…

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