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"He is in a good phase" - High praise for Newcastle's top striker

Loic Remy has impressed France coach Didier Deschamps.

The forward has been recalled to the national side for the upcoming friendly against Australia, and World Cup qualifier against Finland.

Remy has scored three goals in his last two games for Newcastle.

Deschamps has explained his decision to recall the striker, and admitted he had all the qualities to succeed for Les Bleus.

He told L'Equipe"Loic has found competition and he is in a good phase.

"He can also play several positions and fully use the depth and quality all on his own. He gives us the opportunity to have different attacking options.

"Some will talk about Kevin Gameiro, others Emmanuel Riviere, and there are also Anthony Modeste, Kevin Berigaud.

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"But these are all auxiliary attackers compared to Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud. Loic is better when compared to those guys."

Remy already has 18 caps for the national team. An injury to Marseille's Andre Pierre-Gignac has opened the door to the Magpies frontman, and it would seem like Deschamps certainly favours him as the versatile option to complement Benzema and Giroud.

Earlier this season, Remy admitted that securing a place in the French national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is one of his aims this season.

Remy is one of four Newcastle players called up by Deschamps in his latest selection. Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko will join the Frenchman away on international duty next week. 

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