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Russian Federation 2018: Pogba can't do everything-Deschamps

14 June 2018

N'Golo Kante will also play in the French midfield, but the other spot is up for grabs between Blaise Matuidi of Juventus and Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso.

However, much will depend on how Didier Deschamps gets them functioning as a unit.

He missed out on glory at Euro 2016 on home soil after losing in the final to Portugal, though France will hope to go one better in Russian Federation.

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Deschamps, as good a player as he was, hasn't quite got the Midas touch when it has come to managing, and you feel, if anything is holding France back, it is that flawless head coach for this near-perfect-looking team.

'He thrives on anger sometimes and I want that Pogba.

Pogba and France open their campaign in Group C against Australia at the Kazan Arena on Saturday, followed by fixtures against Peru and Denmark.

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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. So far in his career, Pogba has been more hype than substance.

Pogba was named as FIFA's Best Young Player of the 2014 World Cup, but the 25-year-old has been criticised for his inconsistency by fans of Manchester United and Les Bleus in recent years. "And most of the times for reasons that are not really reasonable". This is because of the threatening prospect of Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele on the flanks, offering speed, trickery and a potent goal threat. All of those players are capable of making a telling impact and France's substitutes could end up being just as crucial as the starting XI.

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Russian Federation 2018: Pogba can't do everything-Deschamps