• ‘Pogba doesn’t really understand the game’

    ‘Pogba doesn’t really understand the game’

    The midfielder moved to Old Trafford for a reported world-record fee in August, but poor performances are leading to criticism from pundits.

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Eamon Dunphy has hit out at Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

    The ex-midfielder, who started his career at Old Trafford, believes that United are ‘a long, long way away’ from troubling Chelsea or Liverpool in the Premier League title race, but singled out one the Red Devils’ biggest names for criticism.

    Dunphy, who also criticised Wayne […]

  • Deschamps open to Benzema France return

    Deschamps open to Benzema France return

    The Real Madrid striker was absent from the squad that reached the final of Euro 2016 in the summer, but his manager has not closed the door on a recall for the 28-year-old.

    France coach Didier Deschamps admits that Karim Benzema could be recalled to the national team, but he insists that the Real Madrid striker will only make a comeback if it is in the best interests of the national team.

    Benzema was not considered for selection at Euro 2016, where […]

  • Mario Balotelli promises to ‘get a helicopter and fly over Nice’ if he can lead the underdogs to the Ligue 1 title

    Mario Balotelli promises to ‘get a helicopter and fly over Nice’ if he can lead the underdogs to the Ligue 1 title

    Mario Balotelli has promised to fly a helicopter over Nice if he can guide his new team to an unlikely Ligue 1 title.

     

    Balotelli joined the French club from Liverpool on a free transfer over the summer, and has been an instant hit with six goals in as many league games.

    It comes as a complete contrast to his two years on Merseyside, where he flopped and was eventually frozen out, as he has been a key man in Nice reaching the […]

  • Chelsea star N’Golo Kante steals the show for France with brilliant passing stats

    Chelsea star N’Golo Kante steals the show for France with brilliant passing stats

    Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante stole the show in France’s draw with the Ivory Coast with an impressive 96.4% passing accuracy score.

    The Frenchman played 90 minutes as Didier Deschamps’ side were frusrtated in a 0-0 draw against their African opponents.

    Kante, 25, has been a huge part of Chelsea’s revival over the last six weeks and he’s equally trusted within Deschamps’ France set-up.

    The defensive midfielder lined up in a three-man midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Adrien Rabiot in the first half before […]

  • France 0-0 Ivory Coast: Paul Pogba reflects on end to ‘bruising year’ for French team

    France 0-0 Ivory Coast: Paul Pogba reflects on end to ‘bruising year’ for French team

    Euro 2016 runners-up France, with a side containing some of their biggest names, were held to a lacklustre 0-0 draw by African champions Ivory Coast in a friendly at Lens’s Stade Bollaert on Tuesday.

    After Friday’s 2-1 win over Sweden in a World Cup qualifier, France coach Didier Deschamps made seven changes, handing Paris St Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil their first caps, but included Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Dimitri Payet in the starting XI.

    MATCH FACTS […]

  • Griezmann not irreplaceable for France, says Deschamps

    Griezmann not irreplaceable for France, says Deschamps

    The Atletico Madrid striker has been in superb form at international level in recent months, but his manager is confident his absence will merely allow others to shine.

    France head coach Didier Deschamps insists Antoine Griezmann is not an irreplaceable member of his team.

    The Atletico Madrid forward left the national team camp to return to Spain after suffering a foot injury in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Sweden.

    Deschamps agrees that Griezmann – the top scorer at Euro 2016 – […]

  • France don’t expect Pogba to score– Deschamps

    France don’t expect Pogba to score– Deschamps

    Paul Pogba is not a “goal scorer” and is not expected to produce them, according to France coach Didier Deschamps.

    The Manchester United midfielder headed in the equaliser for France as they came from behind to win 2-1 against Sweden in Paris on Friday. It followed Pogba’s impressive strike for United in a 3-1 victory at Swansea a week earlier.

    Deschamps, told reporters, as quoted by AFP: “He is not a goal scorer. He can score goals and has done so, but […]

  • My celebration is better than Paul Pogba’s, says Antoine Griezmann

    My celebration is better than Paul Pogba’s, says Antoine Griezmann

    Antoine Griezmann believes his ‘hotline bling’ celebration is better than Paul Pogba’s infamous ‘dab’.

    The Atletico Madrid striker, who brought out his Drake-inspired move during Euro 2016, was speaking after France defeated Sweden 2-1 in their most recent World Cup qualifier – a game which saw Pogba find the net.

    Despite not scoring himself, Griezmann was asked by Goal who had the better celebration: ‘You have to ask some other folk but I’m going to say mine,’ the striker said with a […]

  • France 2-1 Sweden: Pogba and Payet inspire Les Bleus comeback

    France 2-1 Sweden: Pogba and Payet inspire Les Bleus comeback

    Emil Forsberg opened the scoring for the visitors but Didier Deschamps’ charges bounced back to maintain their undefeated record in World Cup qualifying at the Stade de France.

    Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet struck as France launched a second-half comeback to beat Sweden 2-1 in Friday’s World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France.

    Both sides shared top spot in Group A heading into the game with seven points from their opening three fixtures and although France dominated the opening 45 minutes, […]

  • Benzema criticism has been unfair – FFF boss

    Benzema criticism has been unfair – FFF boss

    French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has offered another olive branch to Karim Benzema, suggesting he has been subjected to unfair criticism.

    Benzema, 28, has not played for France since being charged with conspiracy to blackmail as part of an investigation into an alleged extortion attempt on his international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

    The Real Madrid striker was left out of Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad as a result, but Le Graet has frequently championed Benzema’s cause, stating as recently as […]

  • Didier Deschamps snubs Anthony Martial again

    Didier Deschamps snubs Anthony Martial again

    France boss Didier Deschamps has delivered a fresh snub to Manchester United striker Anthony Martial by calling up debutant Thomas Lemar following Kingsley Coman’s injury.

    The United forward, 20, was dropped from France’s latest squad for Olivier Giroud, who has barely featured for Arsenal this term.

    Martial made Deschamps’ 23-man squad for Euro 2016 but barely featured as Les Bleus lost in the final to Portugal.

    The young Frenchman is capable of playing as a striker and as a winger, making him a […]