Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis hopes for France recall before Euro 2016

Bafetimbi Gomis has told L'Equipe he is still hoping for a return to the France squad before Euro 2016 after a strong start to the Premier League season with Swansea City.

Gomis, 30, threatened to leave Swansea last season after falling behind Wilfried Bony in Garry Monk's first-team plans, but Bony's January sale to Manchester City allowed Gomis more game time at the Liberty Stadium.

The forward has scored four goals in five games -- including a winner against Manchester United -- to lead the Premier League scoring charts this season, and has not given up on an international recall before next summer's European Championships in France.

Asked about his chances of playing at Euro 2016 on home soil, the Mirror reports him as saying: "I don't believe, no. But I have become pickable again. When you are 30, you see things differently. But my priority is to play well for my club. That doesn't mean to say that I no longer believe but I know what I would have to do to go back."

Gomis missed out on the 2014 World Cup after a lack of game time at former club Lyon, but says he is determined to play for Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus again should the call come.

"In football, there is no place for weak people," he said. "I have always believed in myself. I still do. The 2014 World Cup is among my regrets, especially as I left the France team over a fallout with my old club. But it is important to have principles. I have them. And I didn't want to abandon them, even if it meant giving up the France team."

Gomis also revealed he felt "shame" due to his lack of education early in his life, saying: "I stopped my schooling after Year 10. I miss something, I have regrets. You want to exist, to be more than just a footballer. When I started, during my first interview I found it difficult to express myself.

"I had a feeling of shame, of inferiority. If I have one regret, it is not being able to invest 100 percent in my education. My father was angry with me about this for a long time.

"My father was born in Africa. He couldn't go to school. He had to work to help his family. When I was lucky enough to go to Senegal when I was 15 or 16, I knew I was going to succeed. I knew I had to be harder.

"I had to suffer a little bit more, be a bit less lazy and accept criticism sometimes even if sometimes it is not fair. To accept injustice. But I had a goal: to succeed and be honest."