West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet has branded Didier Deschamps' decision to opt against including him in the latest France squad as 'an injustice', given his superb form in the Premier League so far this season.
Speaking in an interview with the London Evening Standard, Payet hit out at the 46-year-old coach, who decided not to include the ex-Marseille man in his most recent squad for a series of friendlies.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“...I hear the sounds that say I wouldn’t look good in the team. Good. You have to take me as I am.
“If you ask all my coaches, I don’t think they will tell you: ‘Dimitri, he is an idiot.’ The thing that I haven’t yet come to terms with is the injustice.”
Payet has been in superb form since swapping Ligue 1 for the Premier League.
Signed from Olympique Marseille by West Ham over the summer, the 28-year-old has already scored four goals for the Iron this term.
That tally includes a memorable match-winning brace against Newcastle United at Upton Park last month.
A former France under-21 star, Payet made his debut for Les Bleus' senior side in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Romania in October 2010, setting up a goal for teammate Yoann Gourcuff.
National team appearances have been sporadic since then, but the midfielder was included in a recent squad for friendlies against Albania and Belgium.
It was against the latter of these two that Payet netted his first international goal for France too, albeit in a 4-3 defeat.
But after failing to earn a place in the squad selected for warm-up games with Armenia and Denmark, the Hammers star will be concerned that his chances of gaining a place in the squad for Euro 2016 are slim at best.
France are set to host the tournament and with competition for midfield places in the squad proving stiff, Payet will need to prove his worth for the remainder of the campaign in the Premier League.