FIFA World Cup Pogba responds to critics 10 hours ago

Paul Pogba France Man Utd

Paul Pogba France Man Utd

Paul Pogba has lavished praise on teammate Antoine Griezmann who's been an integral part of their run towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

Didier Deschamps' side advanced to Sunday's final against Croatia following a tense 1-0 win, secured by Samuel Umtiti's second half header.

The Belgium goalkeeper said, "It's just an anti-football team". Their striker plays 30 metres from his own goal.

"France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend", he said.

After the match Courtois and fellow Belgium star Eden Hazard expressed their disappointment at how France had conducted themselves.

Pogba, 25, was instrumental in the semi-final win in St Petersburg, as Samuel Umtiti's goal in the 51st minute put the 1998 champions in the World Cup final against the victor of Croatia and England.

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The Atletico Madrid forward was just seven years old when Zidane scored twice to help France lift the World Cup on home soil in 1998, and 20 years later Griezmann has been hailed as one of the country's talismanic figures in Russian Federation.

"I think he plays with a freedom in this France team where if he makes a mistake it's accepted", Shearer told BBC Sport.

The Red Devils star has been a key player in France's run to the World Cup final under Didier Deschamps in Russian Federation this summer.

Pogba has won the Europa League and the League Cup since his return to Manchester United two seasons ago.

"I don't want to prove nothing to nobody", he said.

Croatia have already ensured that football is not "coming home", but can they get over the line in their first ever World Cup final?

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