Payet replaces Fekir in France squad

Dimitri Payet could make his first France appearance for a year after replacing Nabil Fekir in Didier Deschamps' squad.

Published : Oct 08, 2018 16:45 IST

Dimitri Payet playing for France
Dimitri Payet playing for France

Dimitri Payet playing for France

Dimitri Payet has replaced the injured Nabil Fekir in France's squad for its friendly against Iceland and Nations League tie with Germany.

Fekir was substituted just seven minutes into Lyon's 5-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday after injuring his left ankle.

Payet has been in fine form for Marseille this season – scoring four goals in nine Ligue 1 appearances – and last played for his country in October 2017.

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The former West Ham playmaker was not selected for Les Bleus' triumphant World Cup campaign after he was injured in Marseille's Europa League final loss to Atletico Madrid.

Didier Deschamps has recalled Mamadou Sakho, Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne for October's double-header. Deschamps, winner of FIFA's Best Men's Coach award, also handed a first call-up to Fekir's Lyon team-mate Tanguy Ndombele.

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