Payet eyes Les Bleus call
St Etienne midfielder Dimitri Payet is hoping his fine form will be rewarded with an international call-up.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 27/09/10 12:57pm
St Etienne midfielder Dimitri Payet is hoping his fine form this season will be rewarded with an international call-up.
The 23-year-old enjoyed derby day success over the weekend, with his solitary strike against Lyon enough to keep St Etienne top of Ligue 1.
That effort also took his tally for the season to seven in as many games, marking him out as one of the most in-form players in the French top flight.
His exploits have not gone unnoticed by national coach Laurent Blanc and, having already turned out for the U21s, Payet is now waiting to see if he will get the call to join up with Les Bleus for their upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Romania and Luxembourg.
"I am thinking about it," he told L'Equipe.
"On Thursday (when the squad is announced) I will wait to see who is included on the list, the same as always. We will have to see what happens."
Payet has also sought to play down any suggestion that St Etienne can maintain their flying start to the season and be considered realistic title contenders.
He insists survival remains the club's sole objective this season and has vowed to do all he can to help them achieve that goal.
"We are looking to push on but the aim is to get the 42 points needed for survival," he added.
"Taking about St Etienne as possible champions after seven games, that is not very serious.
"We are not in a position to start thinking like that. It would be a big mistake.
"In the last two seasons we have come close to relegation and we cannot afford to forget that."