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Manchester United's Paul Pogba is nearly certain to start France's World Cup opener against Australia, boss Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

Pogba has struggled for consistency with Manchester United this season and his performances have been met by criticism, but the midfielder says he is judged differently to others in his position.

However, Sagna has supported his compatriot, stating that he is scrutinised unfairly due to his 93.25m pound price tag.

"Paul is a special character and he's very important for the team", the 35-year-old told Sky Sports News.

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He already admitted to French television on Sunday that Paul Pogba is nearly certain to start against Australia despite criticism of his performances this season.

Giroud recently scored his 31st global goal, equalling the tally in a France shirt of Zinedine Zidane, but Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele has also staked his claim for a starting berth in attack with his form in the pre-tournament friendly matches. As midfield players you need to defend first and that is what he is doing, he is focusing on the team.

Petit was part of the French squad that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, and he made a total of 63 appearances for the country between 1990 to 2003.

France is considered to be one of the favourites to clinch World Cup silverware, with the likes of Pogba, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann at their disposal.

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