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France recall is proof of Dembele quality – agent says criticism of Barca star is overblown

The attacker was left out of the team against Real Betis, but his agent claims he has the support of Barca’s sporting director The criticism of Ousmane Dembele is overblown, according to the player’s agent Moussa Sissoko. Dembele was not in the Barcelona squad that suffered a 4-3 shock loss to Real Betis on Sunday as…

‘Give me a break’ – Benzema denies kidnap accusations

Although not directly implicated in the claims, the Real Madrid striker is furious those close to him stand accused Karim Benzema has sent a furious tweet aimed at the French media, instructing them to “give him a break” following allegations from website Mediapart that relatives of his were involved in kidnapping former representative Leo D’Souza. READ ALSO:…

Benzema calls on French football chiefs to leave him alone after ‘finished’ jibe

The Real Madrid striker has responded to a suggestion from FFF president Noel Le Graet that there is no way back for him within the France set-up Karim Benzema has implored Noel Le Graet to “leave me alone”, after the French Football Federation president suggested there is no way back for the striker with Les Bleus.…

Mbappe ‘adjusting just fine’ to superstar status, says Lloris

The youngster has not been overawed by his elevation to one of the world’s leading players, according to his France team-mate France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe is coping well with his status as one of the world’s best players. The 19-year-old was instrumental in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph and he…

Griezmann, Varane, Mbappe & Kante deserve Ballon d’Or more than me – Pogba

Six of Les Bleus’ World Cup winners were included among a 30-man shortlist for the award, with Pogba doubting his chances of prevailing Manchester United star Paul Pogba admits he does not deserve the Ballon d’Or, naming four France team-mates he believes more worthy of the award. Pogba played a pivotal role for his nation…

Giroud overtakes Zidane on France’s list of greatest goalscorers

The Chelsea striker has moved into fourth place outright on Les Bleus’ scoring chart, with a 32nd effort recorded in a meeting with the Netherlands Olivier Giroud has edged ahead of Zinedine Zidane on France’s all-time top goalscorer list, with the Chelsea striker having taken his international tally to 32 goals. The 31-year-old had to…

France’s World Cup win means nothing now – Koeman

Les Bleus’ triumph at Russia 2018 will not help them when they tackle the Netherlands on Sunday in Paris. France’s World Cup triumph will have no impact on Sunday’s Nations League clash with Netherlands, Ronald Koeman has warned. Didier Deschamps’ side host Oranje in Paris in their second match in the competition, having drawn 0-0…

Pogba: One of the GOATs for France, a scapegoat for Manchester United

The World Cup winner is back in his homeland after a testing few weeks amid renewed links with Barcelona and Luis Suarez making overtures It’s been less than two months since Paul Pogba led France to their second World Cup title and this week the midfielder returned to the tranquil surroundings of Clairefontaine. France will…

Deschamps disappointed by French snub for FIFA’s The Best award

World Cup victory was not enough to get any France players nominated for FIFA’s big prize, much to the coach’s disappointment. France coach Didier Deschamps was disappointed to see none of his World Cup-winning squad nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award. Deschamps’ men lifted the trophy in Russia just under two months ago despite their squad…

Griezmann: I deserve to be in Ballon d’Or top three

After making the podium in the voting during 2016, the 27-year-old believes he deserves to at least match the achievement from that year Antoine Griezmann believes he has been one of the outstanding three players in the world of the course of 2018 and, therefore, deserves a podium place in the Ballon d’Or voting. The…

Mourinho insists Pogba is ‘happy and proud’ at Man Utd despite Barcelona rumours

The World Cup winner returned to training this week to reports that his agent is trying to orchestrate a move, but the manager insists all is well Jose Mourinho insisted Paul Pogba is happy to be back at Manchester United following France’s World Cup victory, despite reports linking the midfielder with a move to Barcelona…

Dembele airs Pogba ambition while ruling out deadline day move to Arsenal

The Barca star intends to see out the summer transfer window at Camp Nou and admits he is keen to play alongside his fellow Frenchman at some stage Ousmane Dembele intends to remain at Barcelona , ruling out a deadline day move to Arsenal , and admits he is keen to play alongside fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba at some…

KM7! Mbappe copies Ronaldo with new PSG shirt number

The teenage sensation believes his new number shows his immense ambition as he looks to cement his place as one of the best players in the world Kylian Mbappe already looks destined to replace Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the world’s biggest stars, but the Paris Saint-Germain star seems to be going further to challenge…

Pavard’s stunner beats out Messi and Ronaldo to claim World Cup goal of the tournament

The full-back equalised for his nation with a wonderful volley, in the last-16 clash the eventual champions went on to win 4-3 Benjamin Pavard’s sensational volley against Argentina has been voted the World Cup’s goal of the tournament, FIFA has announced. The full-back’s sweet strike with the outside of his right boot into the top-left…

Zidane has shown no will to coach France, insists FFF president

Leaving Real Madrid was said to be a precursor to becoming manager of his country, but the former France midfielder has shown no desire for the job Zinedine Zidane has shown no desire to coach France’s national team after leaving Real Madrid, according to French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet. Zidane quit his…

Mourinho tells Pogba to ‘understand why he was so good’ at World Cup

The Manchester United boss hailed the midfielder’s performances in the late stages of the tournament and hopes it leads to further success Jose Mourinho has pointedly urged Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to “understand why” he was one of the stars of France’s World Cup triumph. Pogba superbly netted Les Bleus’ third goal in Sunday’s…

How Neymar’s decision to leave Barcelona and escape Messi has spectacularly backfired

The Brazilian’s world-record transfer to Ligue 1 last summer was supposed to see him become a big star in his own right, but it has not worked out It appeared to make some sense at the time. When Neymar moved from Barcelona in August of 2017, his decision to take another step in his career…

‘Ronaldo the best but I’ve won the World Cup!’ – Matuidi taunts Cristiano

He may have won five Ballons d’Or, but the Portuguese should feel privileged to be in a squad with a world champion, the Frenchman has joked Blaise Matuidi has stated his belief that his new Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player on the planet, but asserted in jest that his own World Cup…

‘It’s coming home!’ – Giroud echoes Pogba in World Cup trolling of England

The Chelsea striker silenced his critics on Sunday when he lifted football’s grandest prize following a 4-2 win over Croatia in the decider Olivier Giroud says he lived a childhood dream after winning the World Cup with France. Les Bleus triumphed with a 4-2 win over Croatia in Sunday’s decider as an own goal by Mario Mandzukic…

‘We kill them, Messi or no Messi’ – Pogba’s pre-Argentina World Cup speech revealed

The France star rallied his team-mates ahead of their last-16 clash, insisting he wanted to see “warriors” on the pitch Paul Pogba delivered an inspired speech before France’s World Cup last-16 win over Argentina, telling his team-mates “today we kill them, Messi or no Messi”. France claimed their second world title thanks to Sunday’s  4-2 victory against…

Pussy Riot members face charges following World Cup Final pitch invasion

The protest group staged the stunt during yesterday’s match in Moscow, which saw France being crowned as world champions Four members of Pussy Riot have been charged by Russian authorities following their pitch invasion during yesterday’s World Cup Final. Dressed in police-style uniforms, the four members of the protest group managed to evade security and enter the…