Sagna: Man Utd star Pogba can be France match-winner

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2018

Former France global Emmanuel Petit wants compatriot Paul Pogba to "get angry" at the World Cup this summer.

With Pogba starting, Deschamps typically deploys a 4-3-3 formation, with Griezmann leading the line, flanked by Mbappe and Dembele and supported by a midfield three of Pogba, Kante and one of Steven N'Zonzi, Corentin Tolisso or Blaise Matuidi. "He's a midfielder indeed. But he will be able to face Australia", Deschamps said. "It's nuanced. He has the potential, that is quite important".

The home win in 1998 was the last time France won the ultimate prize in world football and now 20 years later, expectations are high for the 23-man squad travelling to Russian Federation for this year's tournament. Lloris parried Mario Balotelli's free-kick as Leonardo Bonucci scored in Nice, before allowing Julian Green's shot to beat him at the near post in Lyon, but Deschamps stood by the 31-year-old who has been capped 98 times by France. "He's conscious about that". This really is the tournament where Pogba needs to show he is much more than just a talent on paper.

Giroud was forced off in the 58th minute when the ball was played in, and as he jumped with his club teammate, the pair clashed heads. "But all of those players, they are French players, they wear the same jersey and I know that the big majority of the public and all supporters are 100 percent behind Les Bleus".

France, drawn in Group C, begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on 16 June before facing Peru and Denmark.

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