The 21-year-old has been on the brink of a call-up to the France senior squad recently and was included in the provisional squad for the friendlies against Wales and Germany.
— FO Sanofi A. Groupe (@fo_sag) November 13, 2017
But the Hoops forward was eventually dropped back down to the Under-21s – and their manager is probably very thankful he was.
He was handed a starting berth for tonight’s European Championships qualifier away to Slovenia, and it looked like Les Bleus might be in trouble when they fell behind on 21 minutes.
— et merce (@TopLu28) November 13, 2017
But Dembele hit back by scoring in the 34th, 41st and 45th minute to give his side an astonishing half-time lead.
His first was a penalty and the third goal was definitely the pick of the bunch:
Moussa Dembélé’s 3rd and hat trick goal for France under 21’s tonight. Cracking strike! pic.twitter.com/cIh3QAWYWK
— CelticLisboa (@CelticLisboa) November 13, 2017
Will performances like this make it harder for Celtic to keep hold of Dembele in January?