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Noble on what he said to Payet about his Euros chances

France's Dimitri Payet before the match

The French midfielder has lit up Euro 2016, however he was not convinced he was going to get the call-up, unlike West Ham captain Mark Noble.


France's Dimitri Payet before the matchPayet has been France's man of the tournament so far

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has told Sky Sports News HQ reporter Jamie Weir what he said to Hammers hero Dimitri Payet about his Euro 2016 squad selection chances, despite the Frenchman not believing he would get a call-up at all.

Payet has been the star of the tournament so far, salvaging an opening day win against Romania with a wonderful left foot strike in stoppage time and then scoring again in France's victory over Albania.

He has quickly established himself as the fulcrum of the current French national team.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring their second goalPayet has scored twice so far in the Euros

But it appears he did not believe he would even make it to the tournament in his homeland, despite the affirmations of his captain and admirer Mark Noble.

"We were all hoping he would go (to Euro 2016, and earlier in the season)," said Noble.

"I said to him: 'Dim I'm 100 per cent you're going to go', even though he thought he had no chance.

"To see him doing so well is great because he's been the player of the tournament so far. I think we all knew how good he was but now the world knows how good he is."

West Ham's Mark Noble and Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin in actionWest Ham's Mark Noble missed out on Euro 2016

Noble himself was disappointed to have missed out on a spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad, with central midfield places taken up by the likes of Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and the fleetingly match-fit Jack Wilshere.

England have qualified from their group in the tournament like France, finishing runners up in Group B to local neighbours Wales, a result that means the Three Lions will play surprise package Iceland in the last sixteen of the Championships.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamDimitri Payet

Should England make it through to the quarter finals, they could face host France in a mouthwatering clash, should the Les Bleus  defeat Ireland.

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