One of this season’s undoubted stars, Dimitri Payet has blossomed with West Ham after a summer move from Marseille, helping the Hammers climb all the way into the Premier League’s top five. The playmaker has netted a number of fine free-kick goals already this season and on Wednesday night, he bagged a cracker for the French national side against Russia.
The goal, hit from all of 35 yards, came on 64 minutes, courtesy of Payet’s first touch after coming on as a sub…
Payet is sensational. pic.twitter.com/KiuY391MXK
— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) March 29, 2016
Les Bleus won the friendly at the Stade de France 4-2, with Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante scoring on his full debut for Didier Deschamps side and Andre-Pierre Gignac and Kingsley Coman also getting on the scoresheet. For Russia, Alexander Kokorin and Yuri Zhirkov nabbed a goal each.
Here’s Kante’s strike…
Kante with a birthday to remember. Scores on his full debut for France after 8 minutes! pic.twitter.com/9QQdSznYYv
— Kieran (@rb_kieran) March 29, 2016
Payet has previously struggled to make his mark on the French national side, but EURO 2016 could well be the time for the 29-year-old to finally shine on the international stage.