France manager Didier Deschamps has hailed Manchester United and Les Bleus superstar Paul Pogba, who he believes is an example for many despite what has previously been said about him.
The midfielder was heavily criticised prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with many doubting he would start in France's strongest XI due to the poor form he was in for the Red Devils towards the back-end of the 2017/18 campaign.
However, Les Bleus boss Deschamps has stated that he was not taken back by Pogba's impressive displays at the tournament in Russia at all, and insisted that the player always wants to put the team before himself.
"He didn't surprise me," he told Kicker.
"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."
Pogba scored in the final of the World Cup to help guide his team to a 4-2 win over Croatia earlier this month, and will soon return to club football with United.
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