Leboeuf says Payet should've stayed on

France's Dimitri Payet before the match

Was the West Ham United man taken off too early last night?

France's Dimitri Payet before the match

Speaking to ESPN, Frank Leboeuf has intimated that France coach Didier Deschamps might have made a mistake in substituting Dimitri Payet in les Bleus' 1-0 Euro 2016 final defeat by Portugal on Sunday night.

It was hearbreak for France as the host nation were undone by Eder's extra-time winner.

France's Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba

The West Ham United man - who has since been named as Player of the Tournament - was removed by Deschamps after just 58 minutes in favour of Kingsley Coman.

Payet had netted three times in the competition prior to last night, with two of those strikes coming in the last 10 minutes of matches, and the World Cup-winning defender has suggested that Deschamps should have kept the West Ham man in the game.

France head coach Didier Deschamps

"Payet was pretty good," the former French defender said to ESPN. "But he was put out very quickly for Coman."

Withdrawing Payet - who hadn't been booked - did seem a strange move, but Coman did enjoy some promising moments in his place, though a player of Payet's ability can change any match in an instant and Deschamps might be regretting that decision now.

Still, West Ham fans might be happy to see the back of the competition. Payet was impressing on a regular basis, potentially painting himself as a target for bigger, richer clubs than the Irons, but he's their player again - for now at least.

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

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