Patrice Evra thanks West Ham after Dimitri Payet's match-winning performance in Euro 2016 opener

France's Dimitri Payet jubilation after scoring.

The playmaker scored the winning goal for France with a strike that Premier League fans have seen on numerous occasions this season.

France's Dimitri Payet scores their second goal

Patrice Evra has thanked West Ham after Dimitri Payet scored a stunning winner to lead France to victory in the opening game of the European Championships, the Daily Mail reports.

The 29-year-old was the hosts' hero as he found the top corner with an effort in the dying moments of their game with Romania to hand Les Bleus a win to kick-off Euro 2016. 

And having gone from struggling to make Didier Deschamps' squad at the start of the campaign to becoming one of the linchpins of the side, Evra has paid tribute to West Ham for the influence they have had on Payet's meteoric rise.

"It was amazing but I think you have to say thanks to West Ham because he went to the Premier League, where it is a different game. You can see now that he takes responsibility. When he has to shoot, he shoots and he has scored some great goals. I'm very happy for him," he said, as reported by the Mail.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

Though the playmaker's ability to create chances was no secret before his move to Upton Park - he finished with the most assists of anyone in Ligue 1 during his final year with Marseille - it was the Hammers that were willing to take the gamble on him.

And he has certainly justified that faith, scoring nine goals and contributing 12 assists in the Premier League. That form meant that Deschamps had absolutely no choice but to make Payet a part of his team for this summer's tournament as his time at the Boleyn Ground showed that he was capable of being a star player. 

And if he is able to lead his country to glory, it may be that it is not just Evra that is paying tribute to what the Irons have done to make Payet the player he is.

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