Deschamps purring at Payet’s performance for France

Date published: Saturday 26th March 2016 12:39

Dimitri Payet: Impressed for France in win over Holland

Dimitri Payet has been praised for taking his club form with West Ham into the international arena with France following their 3-2 victory over Holland on Friday night.

Payet last played for France in June last year, but his blistering club form for the Hammers forced a return to the national side, with the former Marseille man preferred to Anthony Martial in the starting line-up.

And Payet did not disappoint – with Deschamps hinting after the game that the player will be included in the France squad for Euro 2016.

Playing in an attacking midfield role, Payet impressed throughout, twice came close to scoring with one shot hitting the post, while he also played a part in setting up the winning goal as he combined with substitute Martial to set Blaise Matuidi up to score.

“He confirmed with us what he has been doing with his club,” Deschamps said.

“Every time he touched the ball, he made something happen. He has enormous qualities and made a massive effort. He is on top form.”

That marks a contrast from earlier in the season when Payet was publicly complaining about being left out by Deschamps.

The 29-year-old Payet, who has 16 caps, now appears to be a very strong candidate for a place in the France squad for the European Championship this summer.

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