Payet helps France to friendly victory



  • Dimitri Payet's France faced Angelo Ogbonna's Italy in Bari
  • Payet - who came on as a second half sub - helped his side to a 3-1 victory
  • Darren Randolph and Martin Samuelsen were both in action for their national sides on Wednesday

Dimitri Payet was in action for France on Thursday evening as the Hammers midfielder's nation faced Angelo Ogbonna's Italy in Bari.

The UEFA Euro 2016 star came on as a second half substitute, replacing Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and eventually helping ​Les Bleus triumph 3-1.

And it was the Red Devils man who got France off to a flying start, bagging the opener after just 17 minutes before former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle leveled things up at the San Nicola.

Didier Deschamps' side were back in front seven minutes later with Olivier Giroud bagging for the visitors, and PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa completed the scoring in the international friendly's final ten minutes.

Italy, for whom Ogbonna was an unused substitute, face Israel on Monday in their first FIFA World Cup qualifier, while France are in action against Belarus the following evening.

In the other fixture involving a member of the Hammers squad on Thursday, Adrian was made to wait for his Spain debut as they beat Roberto Martinez's Belgium 2-0 thanks to a David Silva brace.

On Wednesday, goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s Republic of Ireland kicked-off the international break with a convincing 4-0 victory over Oman at the Aviva Stadium.
The stopper, who impressed in the nation’s UEFA Euro 2016 campaign this summer, came on as a second half substitute, replacing Keiren Westwood at the break in skipper Robbie Keane’s final game for the Boys in Green.
And the former Hammer got on the scoresheet in his swansong, bagging the hosts’ second after half an hour following Robbie Brady’s opener.
Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters then notched either side of the break to put the clash beyond Ireland’s Arabian opponents.
Martin O’Neill’s outfit next take on Serbia away from home in their first 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Monday.
Also in action was exciting Norwegian winger Martin Samuelsen, who is currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers.
The 19-year-old, who is yet to make an appearance for the Lancashire outfit, played just under half an hour against Belarus in Oslo in the international friendly.
It was his second senior appearance for his country, having made his debut in a 3-2 win over Iceland back in June.
Samuelsen recently signed a new four-year deal with the the Hammers before joining Owen Coyle’s Blackburn alongside Stephen Hendrie who is also on loan at Ewood Park.
The Scandinavians take on Germany in their first qualifier for the World Cup on Sunday evening.
Havard Nordtveit did not feature in the same fixture, while Gokhan Tore was an unused substitute for Turkey in their home friendly against Russia.