Payet picks Griezmann and Pogba ahead of himself as France's best player

France's Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba

The West Ham star has arguably been one of the standout performers so far in the European Championships in his home country.

France's Dimitri Payet and Paul PogbaFrance's Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba

France's current superstar and West Ham's hero of the season, Dimitri Payet, has been speaking to the Uefa website about his country's progression through the European Championships, and he appeared modest when asked if he was France's best player.

The West Ham man instead gave words of encouragement to Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, France's two young hopes on whom a great deal of expectation had been placed before the tournament. Both have enjoyed stellar seasons for Atletico Madrid and Juventus, but were dropped for their country's second match against Albania.

France's Antoine Griezmann in actionFrance's Antoine Griezmann in action

For Payet, there is no doubt that the duo are his country's leading lights on the pitch as the tournament moves into the knockout stages.

"No, it's not me," Payet told Uefa.com when asked if he was France's best player. "People will still talk about Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba. We saw them in the game against Switzerland, and they are the ones to be counted on.

"We need those two players. They can guide us through and deep into the competition."

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring their second goalFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring

Payet also highlighted another person who has been integral to his own and his team's success.

The former Marseille star has flourished under the confidence former Chelsea midfielder and World Cup winner Didier Deschamps has placed in him this summer, with the Les Bleus boss in turn benefitting by gaining a player capable of doing astonishing things on the pitch.

And though the 29-year-old has come off the back of a superb season for the Hammers, he suggests it is Deschamps who holds the key to France's hopes of winning their first trophy since 2000. 

"When things are going well on the pitch, it is because I know I have the coach behind me," Payet says on the Uefa website.

"The fact he has won everything going is the advantage that he brings us. He knows exactly what it takes to win as he has been there before.

"We know how precious his advice is and how much more so that will be as the tournament goes on."

France's Dimitri Payet waits to be substituted on as head coach Didier Deschamps looks onFrance's Dimitri Payet waits to be substituted on as head coach Didier Deschamps looks on

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