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Payet replaces the injured Fekir at France

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Marseille winger Dimitri Payet has been recalled to the France squad to replace the injured Nabil Fekir ahead of their games against Iceland and Germany

Payet was forced to withdraw from selection for the 23-man France squad that won the summer’s World Cup in Russia due to an injury from Marseille’s Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

The 31-year-old last featured for Les Blues last October in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus.

But Payet has put the disappointment of the World Cup behind him with a solid start to the new season with four goals and four assists in nine appearances for Marseille.

Now the French football federation announced on Monday that Payet will replace Fekir, who picked up an ankle injury in Lyon’s 5-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

Payet has managed eight goals and eight assists in 37 appearances for France.

Didier Deschamps’ side will first play Iceland in a friendly on Thursday before hosting Germany five days later at the Stade de France for a UEFA Nations League fixture.