Trossard determined to make international debut

Albion midfielder’s post-lockdown form could stand him in good stead ahead of Belgium’s UEFA Nations League ties.

By Alex Stedman • 26 August 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard has been selected for the Belgian international squad.

Leandro Trossard is aiming to get his first minutes for Belgium next month after earning another call-up to Roberto Martinez’s squad.

The 25-year-old has been selected for the UEFA Nations League games against Denmark and Iceland and is keen to feature for the Red Devils for the first time. 

“It’s a great honour to be selected for my country,” he said.  

“It’s a little bit of a strange time for everyone at the moment but it’ll be good to see the group again in a few weeks. I know the setup well, so the next step is to get my first cap. 

“I was a bit unlucky last year with a couple of injuries when I got called up so normally, I would have played. I am desperate to get my minutes for the national side.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion midfielder Leandro Trossard.

Trossard impressed when Graham Potter’s men returned to Premier League action in June to finish the 2019/20 campaign with a record Premier League points tally. 

The midfielder netted in back-to-back games against Norwich City and Liverpool to take his tally to five for his first season in English football.

“I’ve been happy with the physical progress I’ve made in recent months and that’s down to the extra work I did in the gym during lockdown,” he added. 

“I felt really good and fit when we came back, it helped me to perform to my best. 

“I started last season well but when I picked up my injury it set me back a little bit.  

“When I was back on the field, I didn’t feel any pain, but it can be in the back of your mind a little bit to begin with once you’re back out there. 

“But after lockdown I felt really good and I felt like that was reflected in my performances.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard in action during Albion's pre-season training camp.

With a tight turnaround before the new campaign the Belgian is eager to pick up where he and the team left off last month. 

“You always want to make progress and I hope I can do that this season now I’ve had a year’s experience under my belt. 

“It takes time to adapt to a new country and league, but I feel like that’s gone well. 

“The manager has been here for that same amount of time and we have a good understanding of what we’re trying to achieve going forward.”