How France could bypass Paul Pogba


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

France defender Bacary Sagna says Paul Pogba is a crucial player for the national team and he expects the midfielder to shine at the World Cup.

France kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16th, before facing Peru and Denmark in their remaining Group C fixtures.

Pogba was named as FIFA's Best Young Player of the 2014 World Cup, and Petit has urged the Manchester United man to build on that success to help Les Bleus emerge victorious in Russian Federation. Both of these numbers exceed that of Pogba, whilst the Chelsea midfielder also had a better pass accuracy (89%) and created two more chances.

And Petit has challenged him to repeat his match-winning performance that buried fierce rivals Manchester City at the Etihad in April.

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Kante is certainly capable of this, but he'll have a lot of defensive slack on his plate in this system.

Therefore, dropping Pogba encourages Deschamps to use a 4-2-3-1 formation, one more suited to counter-attacking football, a style of play that better fits France's personnel.

"We know we have very talented individual players but we know as well that, for the moment, we don't have a team".

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".