Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba handed place in France squad

by Leo Nieboer

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba have both received places in Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of friendlies with Colombia and Russia later this month.

Martial was handed a place in the France squad for the first time in twelve months back in November following a superb start to the 2017/18 campaign.

Pogba, on the other hand, missed the last two international breaks through injury and has struggled over the last month or so with his fitness and form.

Nevertheless, the pair have been handed places in the latest France squad for friendlies over the next few weeks.

The notion that Manchester United have given Wassim Ben Yedder an international career only further pushes in the knife following Tuesday’s horror show, but supporters will be glad to see that Martial, despite a recent lack of minutes, remains part of his manager’s plans ahead of the World Cup.

Pogba, meanwhile, will always feature for France when he is fit, and you cannot help but wonder whether we will see the confidence-sapped figure who appeared against Sevilla or the all encompassing midfield lynchpin that destroyed England back in June when he pulls on the blue shirt later this month.

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