France manager Didier Deschamps insists Paul Pogba must ‘raise his level of play’ after Manchester United star was jeered by fans in win over Italy
- Didier Deschamps has insisted Paul Pogba must ‘raise his level of play’
- Pogba was whistled when he was replaced in France’s 3-1 friendly win over Italy
- The 25-year-old has endured a difficult end to the season with club and country
- Pogba is expected to play a pivotal role in France’s World Cup hopes in Russia
Pogba was whistled by the home crowd when he was replaced by Steven N’Zonzi in the second half of his nation’s 3-1 friendly win over Italy in Nice.
The 25-year-old has endured a troublesome end to the season, as he temporarily lost his place under Jose Mourinho before also being left on the bench when France lost against Colombia in March.
France manager Didier Deschamps has insisted Paul Pogba must ‘raise his level of play’
Deschamps admitted Pogba his ‘indispensable’ for France going into this summer’s World Cup in Russia but admits he must improve quickly.
‘Not everything was successful, but he helped the team be well organised,’ he told Telefoot.
‘I don’t question Paul’s potential. If I called him up, it’s because he’s indispensable for me.
‘I know what he is capable of. He has to raise his level of play. I have confidence in him, as I do in my other players.’
Pogba was whistled by the home crowd when he was replaced in France’s 3-1 win over Italy
Deschamps admitted Pogba his ‘indispensable’ for France but must up his game quickly
Pogba’s compatriot Antoine Griezzman also jumped to his defence following the game on Friday and claimed he must remain strong through this poor run of form.
‘The whistles are part of football, you have to stay tough mentally. We’re all playing for the same shirt. He plays his game, you’re used to him scoring. We don’t expect that from him, only that he rotates the ball and plays for the team,’ Griezmann said.
‘He has had a difficult season at Manchester United but he has a lot of confidence in himself.’
France face United States in their final World Cup warm-up match next Saturday before beginning their tournament against Australia on June 16.
Author: Nancy Parker
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