France boss told to bench Pogba at the World Cup

France boss told to bench Pogba at the World Cup

France boss told to bench Pogba at the World Cup

While France striker Antoine Griezmann battled away with a few half-hearted attempts, the cutting edge in front of goal kept evading him.

With France, going into this World Cup, you can be forgiven for thinking they have the best chance to lift the title, considering they are have an experienced goalkeeper, composed defenders, strong midfielders and a wonderfully-talented attack.

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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.

The 1998 World Cup winners were drawn in Group C and will face Australia in Kazan on June 16, Peru in Yekaterinburg on June 21 and Denmark in Moscow on June 26. People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager.

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Whilst it's important to have speedy wingers with a goal threat and a target man to aid in the quick transition from defence to attack, it's worthless without a central midfielder boasting an impressive range of passing, able to pick them out with long passes.

"People expect him to be decisive every single game but he is a human being, he has his own qualities", Sagna told Omnisport at the launch of social media ranking tool Primetag. Can do everything - he is actually an underrated passer and carrier of the ball - but his key job will be to mop up everything and just move the ball along to the more creative talents in that France squad.

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However, as history has shown, more often than not, it is the team that gels, plays to a plan and hold their nerve in the tense moments that end up lifting that glinting golden trophy.

The 1998 World Cup victor is looking for more of that in Russian Federation this summer, telling Paddy Power: "We all know Pogba has great potential but I want to see the same Pogba I saw against Manchester City when United won 3-2".

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