France coach Deschamps thrilled with Payet performance

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France boss Didier Deschamps praised the performance of Dimitri Payet after their dramatic 3-2 win over Netherlands in Amsterdam.

The West Ham United playmaker produced an eye-catching display in what was his first international appearance in nine months. He hit the post with a second-half shot and created six chances – more than double any other player on the pitch as well as having the most touches (89) of either side.

It was Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi who scored the goals for France as they recorded a sixth victory in seven games, with their hosting duties at EURO 2016 getting closer, but Payet, 28, still did enough to earn positive words from his head coach.

"He was very good," Deschamps was quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

"He responded well whenever he had to touch the ball. He had an enormous quality on set pieces and made a lot of effort.

"He confirmed with us what he has been doing with his club - he is in top form."

Deschamps was relieved to come out of the match with a victory, but rued his team losing their two-goal half-time lead, with captain Matuidi's winner coming with only three minutes remaining.

"The first Dutch goal [by Luuk de Jong] was scored with a hand but we lacked concentration on the second goal and we must avoid that," he said.

"We went out and played a very good first half, but the second was worse. We ended up snatching victory and the scenario was favourable to us, but we must be more focused.

"We controlled the match and it could still have ended 2-2. We had seven or eight chances and must be able to manage the game better than that."

Meanwhile, Danny Blind believes his Netherlands players can learn from defeat after going down to France.

"We played against a very good opponent. A team that is one of the favourites for the Euros. We can learn a lot from these kind of matches," Blind said after the game.

"I can live with the defeat, because it's against a team that is a lot further then we are.

"We didn't start well. Apart from the two goals they had a lot more threatening situations. The first goal was a bit unlucky. I didn't think the free-kick from Griezmann was led in by a foul."

Johan Cruyff passed away the day before the match, but Blind played down suggestions the Dutch great's death affected the players.

"I don't think so. As soon as the whistle goes, you're a professional," the 54-year-old said.

"It's a shame that we gave away the draw in the end. Maybe a draw wouldn't have been right, but I think we have to do better than we did."

Wesley Sneijder limped off injured towards the end of the first half and confirmed he will miss Wednesday morning's (AEDT) game against England.

"I will have to wait and see how bad it is. I will not be travelling to England," the Galatasaray attacker told Nos.

"That's a bummer, but on the other hand it gives younger guys the chance to show what they can."

Source: Omnisport