Time for Didier Deschamps’ talented France to win a trophy

Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring France's equaliser against the USA

Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring France's equaliser against the USA

Giroud recently scored his 31st worldwide 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.

France also boast a ball-winning machine in N'Golo Kante in midfield, who has forged a reputation as a world class midfield destroyer through his interceptions (82) and tackles (75). But Deschamps insisted that "there are no problems" with Pogba. Pogba was at less than his best in a 3-1 friendly win over Italy and has recently been whistled by some portions of the home crowd, with former France global Frank Leboeuf saying recently he doesn't think the 25-year-old will start in Russian Federation. I wish we could have Pogba like this every game.

"People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager and to me a holding midfield player is there to protect the team and to defend first".

Therefore, dropping Pogba encourages Deschamps to use a 4-2-3-1 formation, one more suited to counter-attacking football, a style of play that better fits France's personnel.

However, as history has shown, more often than not, it is the team that gels, plays to a plan and hold their nerve in the tense moments that end up lifting that glinting golden trophy.

"Don't take any of Olivier's quality away from him".

France were held to a 1-1 draw at home to the United States of America despite fielding a strong side in their final match before the World Cup gets under way in Russian Federation.

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