In the latest France news, Paul Pogba cannot carry the weight of expectation alone for Les Bleus at the World Cup, according to boss Didier Deschamps.
Pogba was the star man for his country at Euro 2016 but his recent performances for France have drawn criticism from fans and pundits alike, as the former Juventus man found his display in the 3-1 friendly win over Italy heavily scrutinised by the French press.
The 25-year-old heads to the World Cup in Russia on the back of a disappointing season with Manchester United in the Premier League, where he occasionally found himself out of favour under manager Jose Mourinho, but Deschamps has no major concerns over his form.
The France manager believes Pogba has a huge role to play for his side in Russia but he insists the whole team need to perform well if the 1998 champions, who take on USA in their final warm-up match on Saturday night, are to go all the way and secure World Cup glory.
“Paul Pogba can do everything but he cannot do everything all alone,” Deschamps told a news conference on Friday.
“It [his performance in the 3-1 friendly win over Italy] was not the best, that’s for sure, but I have talked to him about it. There’s no problem.”
France are 11/2 to win the World Cup outright with William Hill, with Brazil rated as the 4/1 favourites while holders Germany are next in the betting at 9/2.
Deschamps also revealed he feels France’s preparations for the tournament are going well and reiterated everyone in his 23-man World Cup squad has a role to play in Russia.
He added: “Competition is for everyone. The choices were difficult for the squad, it’s the same for the [starting] 11. It’s high competition, players are used to it. The competition concerns the whole group.
“Everything is going well. A significant workload was carried out this week with double sessions.”