Deschamps & Griezmann Defend Paul Pogba Following Fan Jeering

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Ousmane Dembele scored a terrific goal in an impressive display for France as the World Cup contenders defeated Italy 3-1 in a friendly in Nice on Friday.

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

Hugo Lloris has encouraged France team-mate Paul Pogba to step up and become a "leader" for the team at the upcoming World Cup. It had already happened.

'The public also prefers to score five, six goals but it's high level, there is a team in front of us.

Now I know what you are all thinking, why and how does this effect Tottenham?

"I'm not going to live on what people think, for them to say that I'm nice, good, the best, perfect", he added.

And star striker Antoine Griezmann also supported the United midfielder, saying: 'The whistles are part of football, you have to stay tough mentally.

Dembele has come out in support of his global team-mate and insisted that it doesn't matter what Pogba does on the pitch, he will never be able to satisfy some of his detractors.

Pogba has come under increased scrutiny since joining Manchester United in an £89million move from Juventus in 2016, with many criticising him for not living up to his perceived potential while others have knocked his off-the-field antics.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said of the transfer: "I haven't spoken to him this year, but with his agent in October".

Rio Ferdinand has said that France midfielder Paul Pogba wants to prove his doubters wrong and make an impact at this summer's World Cup.

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.

France play the United States of America next Saturday before jetting off to Russian Federation for the World Cup, to compete in a group that includes Australia, Peru and Denmark.

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