Payet back with France for World Cup qualifiers

Marseille and France attacker Dimitri Payet Source: AAP

Dimitri Payet has been recalled by coach Didier Deschamps for France's final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus.

The Marseille attacker had been left out of Deschamps's previous squad but has delivered a series of strong displays with his club side in recent weeks in a No. 10 role.

Payet is making his return alongside Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

Despite a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Luxembourg earlier this month, France top Group A and lead Sweden by a point. The Netherlands are in third place, four points off the pace.

France will clinch the group and qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia if they win in Bulgaria on October 7 and Sweden lose against Luxembourg. France would guarantee a top-two finish with a win.

France host Belarus on October 10.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is out injured, with team-mate Anthony Martial again snubbed by Deschamps in spite of his good form. Martial was involved in all four of United's goals as the Premier League side beat CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.

France squad:

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Christophe Jallet (Nice), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain), Djibril Sidibe (Troyes), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

Source AAP