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Hammers youngster makes international call

11th October 2018, 11:10 by Jack Ogalbe

West Ham defender Issa Diop has pledged his international future to France despite also being eligible for Senegal or Morocco.

The 21-year-old defender joined the Hammers in the summer from Toulouse and has impressed, most notably earning praise from Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of last month's 3-1 win over Manchester United.

Big things have long been expected of Diop due to him being the grandson of the first Senegalese player to play in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux in the 1970s, while he could also represent Morocco through his mother.

The youngster has featured for France through the youth levels and says graduating to the senior Les Bleus squad remains his dream rather than playing for the other countries available to him.

"I have always said that I will only play for France and no one else," Diop told ladepeche.fr. "Whether I am selected or even if I am never selected with the A's, I will not play for another team.

"I was born in France. It's in France that I have everything. So I do not see why I would play for another nation."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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