How the tables have turned, Didier Deschamps slammed for selecting ex-West Ham star Dimitri Payet

France's head coach Didier Deschamps gives a press conference in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on October 2, 2017, as part of the team's preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying...

Rewind a couple of years and Didier Deschamps was being criticised for NOT picking then West Ham United star Dimitri Payet... how things have changed.

France's forward Dimitri Payet gives a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on October 3, 2017, as part of the team's preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football...Former West Ham man Dimitri Payet

Payet became an overnight hero with the Hammers and elevated himself to elite status with his majestic performances in East London after signing for a bargain £10 million in the summer of 2015.

There was outcry when France manager Didier Deschamps repeatedly snubbed the Reunion born attacker from both France and fans mesmerised by his skills in the Premier League.

Eventually the pressure applied on Deschamps' squad selections by Payet's form was too great and he forced his way in just in time to take a starring role in France's march to the Euro 2016 final.

Unfortunately for West Ham fans what followed was unsavoury as the ex Lille man effectively went on strike to force through a return to Marseille, against the wishes of Slaven Bilic and the club's owners and fans.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic makes a point to player Dimitri Payet in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on December 26,...

Such was the acrimonious departure, West Ham fans still keep an eye on Payet's career over in Ligue 1.

And many will take great delight that having turned his back on the Irons, Payet is now putting Deschamps under a very different pressure.

That's because his continued selection for France despite poor form for Marseille since his return are causing outrage across the Channel.

And it appears the tipping point has come after Payet, with just a handful of appearances and two assists to his name this season, was picked ahead of in-form Manchester United star Anthony Martial.

France's head coach Didier Deschamps gives a press conference in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on October 2, 2017, as part of the team's preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying...

Get France Football News is just one media outlet to take aim at Deschamps, questioning why Payet continues to be selected despite 'never seeming to take any game by the scruff of the neck like he had previously'.

"The man many are disappointed to see miss out in his stead is Anthony Martial," GFFN reports.

"Why choose someone who’s not quite in tip top shape over someone who has literally proved this season how much of an impact he can make coming off the bench?

"The final point of discussion should be simple, who will make the greatest impact at the World Cup, assuming that France get there. Payet has shown ability in the past but in an uncertain Marseille side and hitting 31 in March, will he be able to recreate those high standards we saw before?

"In the end, on Deschamps’s head be it. France need two wins to guarantee qualification and another slip-up will send them into the playoffs, which will only increase the calls to rethink who should lead such a talented group forward."

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