Dimitri Payet furious at omission from France squad despite 'best form of his career'

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It's fair to say that Dimitri Payet has been one of the signings of the season so far in the Premier League following his relatively muted move to West Ham in the summer.

The Frenchman is a player of star quality who has inspired the Hammers to away victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and league leaders Manchester City so far.

He has taken Slaven Bilic's side to new heights and they look like a side capable of competing for a Europa League place this season. 


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Despite his emphatic form, however, the former Lille and Marseille man, who has played 15 times for the France national side since his debut in 2010, has been excluded from Didier Deschamps' squad of late during their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

As a result, the irritated Payet has spoken out over the France manager's decision to overlook him.

He told L'Equipe, as per the Telegraph: "I feel as if it is an injustice. It is more than a year now that I am in the best form of my career, even if I can still get better. So, for me, it is unjust not to be in the France squad.

"I do not understand what is expected of me. But not to be called up for France does not stop me from living.

The 28-year-old, though, insists that he will not lose sleep over the fact that he hasn't been picked to represent France, owed largely to his move to the Premier League.

"Even if I think about it, I am not in front of the TV waiting for the list," he continued. "I am in a dream today in England. The national team, if it will only make me unhappy, then I do not want it.

"Perhaps it is my fault because I have not done what is expected of me, but maybe there is more to it. He [Deschamps] has the choice to make, he thinks about the group as a whole.

Payet's anger is arguably justified given that fellow midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Morgan Schneiderlin have struggled for form this season, yet both players made the squad for the most recent internationals.

Deschamps, no doubt, faces a difficult decision when choosing his 23-man squad from the vast array of talent at his disposal, but given Payet's scintillating start to life in England, one can't help but wonder what more the midfielder can do to warrant selection to represent his country.

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