France’s stars joined up at the famous Clairefontaine training centre for the first time since their Euro 2016 final heartbreak, and were snapped wearing some extravagant pieces of clothing as they headed in to re-unite with their national team-mates.
The likes of Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all had unique outfits on display as they looked to one up each other in the fashion stakes.
Pogba, now the world’s most expensive player after his £89m transfer to Manchester United is known for his outlandish sense of style, but Payet was seen wearing the ‘Eagle Pride’ tracksuit top and pants designed by Philipp Plein – worth around £1,250.
The 29-year-old was also holding a ‘Panettone Zipped Continental Wallet’ designed by the famous French designer Christian Loubitin – which will set you back £400.
Dimitri Payet wore Philipp Pleins ‘Eagle Pride’ top and ‘Secrets’ sweat pants – worth £1262 and Olivier Giroud was seen wearing a white ‘Extreme Knockout’ t-shirt – worth £175
Payet has not featured often for West Ham this season due to being afforded extended break following his European Championship exerts, with Giroud – donning an ‘Explosive Knockout’ Philipp Plein t-shirt worth £175 – also being afforded time to get up to speed by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic indicated following West Ham’s Premier League win against Bournemouth that Payet was likely to return either against Astra Giurgiu in their Europa League qualifier or the trip to Manchester City on Sunday. He was not even on the bench for either match but that did not stop him flying straight out to meet up with his France team-mates for the international break.
Sportsmail understands that West Ham would have preferred the player to remain back in London to continue his recovery, but they also do not want him to jeopardise his place in the national team. The forward is expected to be fit for their match against Watford in 11 days.
The 29-year-old has felt pain at the top of his thigh and does not want a repeat of what happened to new team-mate Andre Ayew. The club record £20.5million signing limped off the Stamford Bridge pitch against Chelsea after pulling up following a sprint. It appeared fairly innocuous and Bilic hoped he would not be out long-term, but a scan revealed a serious thigh problem which required surgery and ruled him out until Christmas.
Payet noticed pain in his thigh after coming on as a substitute in the same match and has only trained twice for West Ham since. He had been unable to play up until the Chelsea game after returning from pre-season later than the rest of the squad, due to reaching the Euro 2016 final with France, therefore taking him no longer to get back to full match fitness.
However, Anthony Martial – wearing a black Nike ‘Fresh’ tracksuit worth £85 – has been a constant for Manchester United under Jose Mourinho and will be hoping to make an impact on France boss Didier Deschamps after playing just 72 minutes over the summer.
Anthony Martial was seen wearing a Nike Fresh tracksuit (£85) and holding a Louis Vuitton bag
Real Madrid centre back Raphael Varane also wore a white Philipp Plein t-shirt worth £300
Pogba – sporting a pair of yellow and blue basketball shorts with a leather bomber jacket – has also settled in quickly upon his return to Old Trafford and has played 180 minutes in the victories over Southampton and Hull.
Philipp Plein is a German fashion designer and founder of the eponymous luxury brand, with his abstract sportswear clothing selection popular among footballers.
Along with the likes of Payet, Giroud and Raphael Varane, Plein has seen some of his work worn by the likes of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, along with Tottenham winger Erik Lamela and former German international Lukas Podolski.
Les Bleus will face Italy in a friendly in Bari on Thursday before travelling to take on Belarus in Borisov in their opening World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, September 6.
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