Dimitri Payet has jokingly taunted Marseille group-mate William Saliba over his latest call-up to the senior France squad, telling the Arsenal loanee that he was only chosen due to 14 players being injured and 50-yr-outdated Lilian Thuram being the choice for Didier Deschamps.
Highly-rated 21-yr-outdated centre-half Saliba was initially disregarded of the newest Les Bleus camp, however was drafted in for conferences with Ivory Coast and South Africa after Bayern Munich star Benjamin Pavard picked up a knock.
Saliba made his debut off the bench in opposition to the Ivorians earlier than enjoying the complete 90 minutes in a 5-0 win over South Africa, however Payet has recommended that he only got the nod as a result of 1998 World Cup winner Thuram has lengthy been retired.
What has been mentioned?
While discussing his personal worldwide ambitions, Payet informed RMC Sport when it was identified to him that membership colleague Saliba has been recognised by Deschamps: “Yeah, but that’s because there were 14 injured behind him. At one point it was either him or they were calling Thuram back!”
Will Payet play for France once more?
While Saliba is now a part of the France fold, Payet is but to earn a recall.
He has been starring domestically and scored a stunning 25-yard goal in his newest Europa Conference League match, in opposition to PAOK.
The former West Ham playmaker does have 38 caps, however the final of these got here in 2018 and he’s now 35 years of age.
Payet shouldn’t be about to throw within the towel although, and mentioned: “As lengthy as I can play at worldwide degree, it can be in a nook.
“I am selectable. When you see the attacking potential of the Blues, places are expensive.”
France have six UEFA Nations League fixtures this summer season – in opposition to Denmark, Croatia and Austria – earlier than opening the defence of their World Cup crown on November 22 in opposition to the winners of the AFC vs CONMEBOL play-off.