Pogba a World Cup role model – Deschamps

France
France coach Didier Deschamps feels Paul Pogba was a role model for the younger team members during their World Cup triumph.

France coach Didier Deschamps feels Paul Pogba was a role model for the younger team members during their World Cup triumph.

Pogba was one of Les Bleus’ star players during the Russia showpiece, rising from a mediocre domestic season with Manchester United to stamp his authority on the greatest tournament of them all.

The 25-year-old was criticised in the run-up to the event for a lack of leadership qualities, despite his high profile at club level.

Deschamps feels that was underserved and has made it clear just what his team-mates throught of the former Juventus star during their march to glory.

‘He didn’t surprise me,’ he said. ‘Paul is a nice guy, who listens, who has always thought of the team first. I have spoken a lot with him.

‘In our squad, he is, at 25, in the middle in terms of age. For the youngsters in the team, he’s done it, he is almost a model of how things are done.

‘He played the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Before the tournament, it was bandied around a lot that we were lacking leaders and character. They all shaped up during the tournament.’

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