Sagna: Pogba is key for France

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"He has been playing big games with Juventus, Manchester United and the national team so, yeah, he can deal easily with it". While they reached the Euro 2016 final on home soil with much of the same squad - there are a few tweaks and exciting additions for this World Cup - they never quite convinced, which is why a limited side like Portugal could beat them on that night.

However, Deschamps could yet use a 4-3-3 formation without Pogba, utilising Kante as the single pivot at the base of midfield -or more advanced with Steven N'Zonzi or Blaise Matuidi holding- with Tolisso occupying Pogba's usual position.

Didier Deschamps' side dominated but fell behind to Julian Green's smart finish past Tottenham's Hugo Lloris.

France share World Cup Group C with Denmark, Peru and Australia, who they kick-start their campaign against on Saturday.

With Laurent Koscielny out through injury, France need a leader at the heart of their defence, and that is where Varane comes in.

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Giroud was forced off in the 58th minute when the ball was played in, and as he jumped with his club teammate, the pair clashed heads. What a midfielder he is.

It wasn't exactly the most impressive outing for France ahead of next week's opener.

The Manchester United star has come in for plenty of criticism this season from fans, the media and even his own manager for failing to play well in back to back fixtures.

Giroud recently scored his 31st global goal, equalling the tally in a France shirt of Zinedine Zidane, but Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele has also staked his claim for a starting berth in attack with his form in the pre-tournament friendly matches. But such is his talent that if Mbappe finds his feet at the World Cup, the rest of the 31 teams better watch out. He could use Pogba as an impact substitute.

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