If West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet is looking to cement his place in France’s Euro 2016 squad, he is certainly going the right way about it.
Having excelled in the 3-2 win against the Netherlands at the weekend, Payet went one better tonight by scoiring a top class free kick just after the hour mark in France’s 4-2 win against Russia, in the first game to be played at the Stade de France since the Paris attacks in November.
Payet left Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with no chance, which from fully 35 yards out is quite the achievement.
The 29 year old former Marseille midfielder scored to make it 3-1 to Les Bleus, restoring their two goal lead eight minutes after Alexander Kokorin had halved the deficit.
Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kanté also got on the scoresheet. The 25 year old, making only his second international appearance, opened the scoring with a well taken finish inside the opening ten minutes.
Other goalscorers on the night included forgotten man André-Pierre Gignac – only his second international goal in 18 months – with the fourth coming from Bayern Munich prospect Kingsley Coman.
The result means that Didier Deschamps’ side have won both of their March friendlies. Ranked as one of the favourites for the European Championships, France are looking in very good shape ahead of this summer’s tournament.