Dimitri Payet hails France Euro 2016 performance as best yet

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West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet has heaped praise on France following their 5-2 win over Iceland.

The Euro 2016 hosts’ failed to impress during the group stages despite being drawn alongside Switzerland, Romania and Albania. Didier Deschamps side then went onto record an unconvincing  2-1 victory over Ireland in the Last 16.

However, France looked to be back to their best yesterday evening after dismantling Iceland by a 5-2 scoreline and will face Germany in the semi-finals.

“This was our best performance this tournament,” Payet told reporters after the game, as quoted by FOX Sports.

“We managed to score a lot of goals, which was great. And it was important that we scored early on. 

“We have a lot of quality in attack. We had a lot of chances, which allowed us to score.

“We were aware of Iceland’s strength, but we were on top of our game.”

Payet has been one of the stars of the tournament and has found the back of the net on three occasions in five games. He scored his side’s third goal against Iceland.

The 29-year-old has been a sensation for West Ham United since joining last summer from Marseille. The France international inspired the Hammers to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League last season after netting 12 goals and providing 15 assists in 38 appearances.

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