Dimitri Payet has revealed that his initial doubts about not being in the France squad for the 2016 European championship led to his emotional outburst after he scored the winner in the first match Friday night.
Payet provided an assist and scored a cracker, to help France beat a stubborn Romanian side in the opening game of the Euros.
Commenting after the game, the West Ham midfielder said playing in the Euros is like a dream come true.
"At one point I was a long way from being here tonight. I've worked hard and showed a lot of determination."
"That's why I felt very emotional tonight. I am very happy to be here tonight and I'm enjoying it to the fullest."
"If someone had told me a year ago it would be happening this way, I wouldn't have believed them."
"It's a lot of stress and pressure. With that goal, everything just came out."
The former Marseille player admitted that the win against Romania didn't come easy.
"The fact we won at the end fits what we said. No easy games. We will have to fight."