Pogba 'likely' to start WC opener - Deschamps

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He missed out on glory at Euro 2016 on home soil after losing in the final to Portugal, though France will hope to go one better in Russian Federation. If it was purely a matter of just which team have the most number of marquee players, then predicting the World Cup winners would have been pretty easy.

"He is very talented, naturally gifted, but he is a holding midfielder player".

Deschamps, as good a player as he was, hasn't quite got the Midas touch when it has come to managing, and you feel, if anything is holding France back, it is that flawless head coach for this near-perfect-looking team.

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"He thrives on anger sometimes and I want that Pogba".

The French are the best nation in Group C -drawn alongside Peru, Denmark and Australia- and are expected to take the "active" role in their three group games, dominating possession and playing on the front foot. What a midfielder he is.

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.

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After experiencing an up-and-down season with Manchester United, his second back at Old Trafford, midfielder Pogba is considered a pivotal member of Didier Deschamps' national side. He could use Pogba as an impact substitute.

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.

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