Deschamps & Griezmann back Pogba after France fans turn on him during match

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The Atletico Madrid frontman netted a penalty in France's 3-1 win over Italy on Friday as he prepares to lead the line for Les Bleus in Russian Federation this summer as they chase only a second ever success in the tournament.

Speaking to the media, he gaffer said: 'The whistles for Paul Pogba?

If he has made his decision to remain in Madrid, Griezmann's focus will surely now be exclusively on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, where he should play a big role for France as they go for glory. It had already happened.

"He had a good game, but I know people always expect him to do something extraordinary, but with Pogba whatever he does, they'll always say he has to do more".

"Antonio Conte was right not to call me up during Euro 2016 because physically I was not in good shape".

News broke this morning that Antoine Griezmann's supposedly safe and sealed deal to Barcelona had fallen through, with the French worldwide deciding to stay loyal to Atletico Madrid and the manager who made him a world-class star; Diego Simeone.

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The native of Lagny-sur-Marne earned his debut French cap under present boss Didier Deschamps in March 2013, playing the full 90 minutes, when Les Bleus entertained Georgia.

'You cannot tell me how to play. "We spoke but I didn't understand his explanations very much and I was doing well", Balotelli said.

The Manchester United midfielder had a quiet match as a lively front three of Griezmann, Dembele and Kylian Mbappe provided the thrills ahead.

"Let's stay how we are - ambitious and enthusiastic".

France, considered among the leading contenders for the World Cup, open their Russian Federation 2018 campaign against Australia on June 16, prior to Group C meetings with Peru and Denmark.

Pogba, who is no longer assured of his spot in France's starting XI at the World Cup, will be eager to get off to a fast start in Russian Federation.

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