Dimitri Payet revelling in strong backing from France fans

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

The West Ham United midfielder has been the star of the show for France so far.

France's Dimitri Payet before the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet before the match

Quoted by Goal, West Ham United star Dimitri Payet has admitted he has known for a while that the France fans are behind him.

The midfielder enjoyed a fine first season in the Premier League last season, firmly establishing himself as the key player in Slaven Bilic’s side.

His form earned him a return to the international set up as Didier Deschamps named him in his squad for Euro 2016 this summer.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

It has proved to be a decision that was fully justified as Payet has become the star man in the France team, scoring in their wins over Romania and Albania and putting in top level displays in both games.

He has quickly become a firm favourite of the French fans, and he admits that he has know for a while that they are fully supporting him.

"Once again I made the difference tonight and I have known for a while that my country is right behind me,” Goal quotes him saying.

“There is a particularly fervent support for Les Bleus in the country. They are very proud that France have made it through to the last 16."

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

Payet will now be hoping to continue this fine form as he looks to guide France to a win on home soil this summer.

He has certainly started with a bang and seems to be reveling in his new starring role, despite the pressure on both himself and France at the tournament.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after the gameFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates after the game

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