Paul Pogba can shine at World Cup

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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.

Paul Pogba is still "very likely" to start France's World Cup opener against Australia, France boss Didier Deschamps says, despite some underwhelming performances during the recent friendlies.

He already admitted to French television on Sunday that Paul Pogba is nearly certain to start against Australia despite criticism of his performances this season. As midfield players you need to defend first and that is what he is doing, he is focusing on the team.

France open their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16 and also play Peru and Denmark in Group C.

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.

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The US lead for the majority of the game, but the most expensive teenager in world football, Kylian Mbappe, managed to help Deschamps scrape a 1-1 draw.

Pogba, additionally, was dispossessed more frequently per game (1.5) than Tolisso (0.5) and recorded more incidents of poor control per game (2.1) than his compatriot (0.5).

While Pogba hasn't enjoyed any major worldwide success similar to that of Petit's, Didier Deschamps' side do remain one of the favourites in Russian Federation.

"He is very talented, naturally gifted, but he is a holding midfielder player".

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