West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic comes out in support of Dimitri Payet over France snub

Slaven Bilic

The 28-year old continues to be overlooked by Didier Deschamps despite his excellent form.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has backed Dimitri Payet over his recent claims that not being included in the France squad was an 'injustice'.

The Frenchman has been in superb form in his first few months with the Hammers and was in equally good form for Marseille last season.

Despite that, Didier Deschamps has refused to include him in his last few squads, begging the question of what more needs to be done.

“It is not my job to tell Didier Deschamps who he should pick,” wrote Bilic, in his column for the LES.

“All I can say is that Dimitri is the one of the highlights of the whole Premier League so far, it has not been two or three games. He has done it in every one of our matches - it is not a lucky spell.

“Payet is a locomotive. The quality of his performances — and the level of opponent he is doing it against — is amazing. For me, he should be in any national team.”

On current form, few would argue with the Croatian’s verdict and Payet’s four goals and three assists in his first eight league games for West Ham give an indication of the contribution he is making.

His performances have been key to an excellent start to the season which has the East London club currently in 6th place, with wins away to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City already under their belts.

Should Payet continue to produce the level of performance he has done so far, Deschamps stance of ignoring him will become increasingly difficult and there’s every chance he forces himself into contention in time for euro 2016.

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