Pogba primed for France duty

  • By: Patrick Haond
  • Last Updated: June 11 2014, 14:30 BST

Paul Pogba is not taking a starting berth for granted, but hopes to play a leading role in France's World Cup quest.

Paul Pogba: Pushing hard for a place in France's starting XI
Paul Pogba: Pushing hard for a place in France's starting XI

The Juventus midfielder is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in European football, so will be expected to shine on the global stage this summer.

Since leaving Manchester United in search of regular football in 2012, the 21-year-old has gone from strength to strength – claiming two Serie A titles and 11 senior international caps.

He is aware that he faces stiff competition from the likes of Moussa Sissoko for a place in Didier Deschamps’ plans this summer, with France considered to be dark horses in Brazil.

Pogba has, however, pointed out that he will not be doing anything different in search of recognition, with it his opinion that he is already fully focused and ready to make his childhood dreams come true.

He told L’Equipe: “We are a group. If someone is injured, there will always be a player to replace him.

“Moussa played very well against Jamaica. I am not guaranteed a place in the starting XI. I just feel like a French team player.

“People say I am nonchalant, that I play easy, but that is how my football has been since I was a kid. That doesn’t prevent me from being focused.

“I am realising my dream. I am happy and proud of what has been achieved so far, but it is not over.

“It is nice to play at a World Cup, but it is much better to win. I hope we will go as far as possible in the competition.”