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Jun 1, 2018 at 8pm UK
France
3-1
Italy
Umtiti (8'), Griezmann (29' pen.), Dembele (63')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Bonucci (36')

Didier Deschamps defends Paul Pogba after jeers in France friendly

Deschamps defends Pogba after France jeers
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France head coach Didier Deschamps defends Paul Pogba after the Manchester United midfielder was jeered by home fans during the nation's 3-1 win over Italy on Friday.

Didier Deschamps has defended Paul Pogba after the Manchester United midfielder was jeered during France's 3-1 win over Italy on Friday.

Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored as Les Bleus eased to victory in Nice over the 2006 World Cup champions, who failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

However, Pogba was jeered by a section of home fans in the second half of the match after a misplaced pass, and again when he was replaced by Steven N'Zonzi with five minutes remaining.

"The whistles for Paul Pogba? It's not just for him, at one point we kept the ball and they whistled too," France coach Deschamps told TF1. "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. The players do the right thing.

"Are they affected or not, I do not know... I will not remember that, but if it maybe could not be the case, it would be better."

France play the United States in another friendly next Saturday before heading to the World Cup, where they are in a group with Australia, Peru and Denmark.


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