Payet: France snub an injustice

West Ham midfielder Dmitri Payet says it is "unjust" for him not to be selected for the France national team despite his impressive showings in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old joined the Hammers from Marseille at the beginning of the season and has done well so far in England, with four goals in eight appearances so far.

But Payet has not been included in Didier Deschamps' latest France squad, and the former Lille star is disappointed that his fine form at Upton Park has not helped him add to his 15 caps for Les Bleus.

"I do not understand what is expected of me," he told L'Équipe. "I feel as if it is an injustice. It is over 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 French squad."

The former Lille and Saint-Etienne playmaker has been impressed by the quality and intensity of the Premier League, where he is enjoying the challenge of England's top flight.

"The rhythm, it is much more intense," he said. "You cannot afford to be soft. You need to win the duels, to be ready to multiply your efforts. You take hits. As long as they are not full-blown attacks, they have their charm.

"And then, here, all the teams have impressive squads, even Newcastle, who are last. That is what makes this league incredible.

"It is not easy to go from a club in the second half of the Ligue 1 table to the Premier League. At 28 and after having played for Marseille, I felt ready. I had offers in the past, but, when I look at the level, it would have been difficult to come here when I was younger.

"Ok, if your name is Eden Hazard, then, you know there is not going to be a problem. At West Ham, we have enough to make two starting XIs. If you are not good, they can quickly put someone in your place and forget about you."

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