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Pogba says focus should be on France

Paul Pogba (FRA) during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final football match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France. Portugal defeated France 1-0 in extra time to win the Euro 2016. (Photo by Anthony BIBARD/FEP/Panoramic/Icon Sportswire)

France midfielder Paul Pogba said after the 1-0 win over the Netherlands that the focus should be on the French team and not on him.

Pogba, 23, scored the lone goal of the game in the 30th minute with a long-range effort that beat Maarten Stekelenburg in the Dutch net. France manager Didier Deschamps said last week that Pogba “could do better” for the national team, but after the win in Amsterdam the midfielder was adamant that the focus should be on the team and not on him.

“I play for the France team. It’s not the Pogba team,” Pogba told Canal+. “We’re not going to start talking individuals. I play for the team and I always play for the team.

“It’s not always nice to hear criticism, but that’s football.

“I stay focused on the field. I always give my all. Then, I try to make big benefits and give the best of myself.

“I am a person who tries things. We always grow and learn. I’m still young. I have goals, we have goals. We want to go to the World Cup.”

The goal was Pogba’s seventh for the French national team, in his 42nd outing.

France sits at the top of qualification Group A with 7 points in three games. They are level on points with Sweden and three points ahead of the Netherlands in third place. Les Bleus takes on Sweden in the next qualifying game on November 13 at Stade de France.

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