Pogba was at less than his best in a 3-1 friendly win over Italy and has recently been whistled by some portions of the home crowd, with former France worldwide Frank Leboeuf saying recently he doesn't think the 25-year-old will start in Russian Federation.
Pogba and France open their campaign in Group C against Australia at the Kazan Arena on Saturday, followed by fixtures against Peru and Denmark.
"People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager and to me a holding midfield player is there to protect the team and to defend first".
Kante is certainly capable of this, but he'll have a lot of defensive slack on his plate in this system. "Hugo and I have spoken, we've gone back over his games and we've analysed them, it's a tough, ungrateful job", he said.
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"If you're 1-0 up, you're not bringing him on to close the game down".
N'Golo Kante will also play in the French midfield, but the other spot is up for grabs between Blaise Matuidi of Juventus and Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso. Can do everything - he is actually an underrated passer and carrier of the ball - but his key job will be to mop up everything and just move the ball along to the more creative talents in that France squad.
"Don't take any of Olivier's quality away from him".
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