Deschamps: Payet Deserves Hero Status

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France gaffer, Didier Deschamps is confident Dimitri Payet can cope with his newfound hero status for France.

The West Ham midfielder has been the main man for Led Bleus at the continental event. Even though Griezmann and Pogba were expected to hold the torch for the hosts.

The midfielder supplied Giroud for the opener against Romania, and scored the winner, in a match that ended 2-1. He was also exquisite in the 2-0 win over Albania.

The 29-year-old was exceptional for West Ham, forcing him into the XI and plans, with Deschamps, whom he has not always seen eye-to-eye. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s last-16 encounter with the Republic of Ireland, he backed the 29-year-old to cut through the plaudits flowing his way.

“You give him a status, you take it away; you bring him down, you build him up,” the France boss told the assembled media.

“I’m very happy with what Dimitri is doing so far. He is making the difference, he’s enjoying it.

“He has been praised a lot from all quarters. He’s deserved it as well.

“He started working from the beginning of this week to try and maintain his performance levels.

“There is the opposite that can happen, when you give people these certain tags and they don’t necessarily live up to it, that can have consequences too.

“So I do talk to the players a great deal. But Dimitri is not a young player. He know what he has done in the past and he knows how he has got to this level. He does not want to give that up easily.”



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