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L'Equipe reporter Raphael Raymond is predicting big things from Dimitri Payet at the Euro Finals

Raphael Raymond is one of the most respected journalists in France and has been following the progress of Dimitri Payet throughout the season.

Raymond works for French newspaper L'Equipe and will be covering Payet and France during the Euro Finals.

After scoring an impressive free-kick for France against Cameroon last week, Raymond is expecting Payet to continue his best form when the host nation get the tournament underway in the opening game against Romania on Friday night....

It has been a great first season for Dimitri in the Premier League. In France everyone thought it would be very hard for him in his first year.

But I have known Slaven Bilic since Euro 2008 and he is a great coach. He loves his players and Dimitri is a player who needs to be loved and to play his best football.

I came over to England earlier in the season and went down to the West Ham training ground to see Slaven and Dimitri. I can see it is a family club and it is a very good club for Dimitri.

I understand now why he has enjoyed such a good season because he is happy there. It has nothing to do with his ability because he is one of the best players in France.

He deserves to be in the France squad for the Euro Finals. Didier Deschamps called him up for the Russia game back in March and he scored a great free-kick.

When Deschamps takes a place three months before a big competition gets underway, he is not doing it to be nice. He was planning to have him for the tournament this summer.

I first saw Dimitri play for Nantes when he was a youngster and saw his first professional goal against Metz back in 2005. Ten years later has matured into a great player and has so much ability.

We know he is a great player and it was not good for the fans that he left the French League. But everybody in France is happy for Dimitri that he is now doing so well.

I expect France to do very well in the tournament.