N'Golo Kante's storied rise from the depths of French soccer to discussion for Premier League Player of the Season has another chapter.
Kante, playing in his second game for the French national team, scored his first international goal–on his 25th birthday, no less–in a friendly against 2018 FIFA World Cup host Russia on Tuesday.
Kante, making his first France start, sparked the sequence with a ball-winning tackle and ended it with a calm finish inside the area off a feed from Antoine Griezmann:
Kante's goal extended the successful international break for Leicester City. Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki scored for England and Japan, respectively, while Riyad Mahrez had a hand in four goals in Algeria's 7-1 win over Ethiopia on Friday and Danny Drinkwater made his England debut and Vardy scored again on Tuesday against the Netherlands. Kante will hope the impression he leaves on manager Didier Deschamps leads to a place on a star-studded roster for the Euro 2016 hosts.