Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was delighted to have earned his fourth cap for France on Sunday.
The 24-year-old started Les Bleus’ friendly international against Serbia in Belgrade and played the entire 90 minutes.
Although Schneiderlin failed to lead the 1998 World Cup winners to victory over their hosts, he was still pleased with the final result (a 1-1 draw) and glad to have featured for his national team.
The former Strasbourg player posted the following message on social networking site Twitter: ‘Never easy in Serbia! Preparation continues for Euro 2016! Glad I played my fourth match! ;-)’
Jamais facile en Serbie ! On continue de travailler pour préparer l'euro 2016! Content d'avoir fêter ma 4 eme ! :) pic.twitter.com/AKTAvBCwUg— Morgan Schneiderlin (@SchneiderlinMo4) September 7, 2014
Euro 2016 hosts France took the lead in Belgrade after just 13 minutes through former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The Juventus star found space inside the Serbia penalty box from a Remy Cabella corner and slammed the ball home.
Serbia stepped up their game thereafter, with Zoran Tosic’s curling effort going just wide of Hugo Lloris’s goal, Branislav Ivanovic heading against the crossbar and Dusan Tadic narrowly missing the target.
Both teams had chances in the second half, but it remained 1-0 to France until the 80th minute when Aleksandar Kolarov found the net with a brilliant free kick from 25 yards.
France could have actually lost the match had Ivanovic’s headed effort in the final minutes gone in instead of coming back off the post.