Mbappe Stars As France Cruise Past Russia

Pogba's own future has been the subject of much speculation after the France worldwide has been left out by Mourinho in recent weeks, although the £89m man is expected to stick around.

Didier Deschamps made seven changes to France's starting line-up from the game against Colombia, thereby exhibiting the enviable bench strength at his disposal.

Pogba smashed in a superb free-kick shortly after half-time, while setting up Kylian Mbappe to open the scoring before the break.

With CSKA and Spartak defenders Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya out with injuries as well as Zenit's forward Alexander Kokorin, Russia will likely once again depend on Fyodor Smolov up front.

Russian Federation pulled one back through Fyodor Smolov in the 68th, but Mbappe restored France's two-goal advantage in the 83rd minute with some clever footwork in the area before firing a finish through the keepers legs.

Watch Pogba's free-kick in the video below.

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Pogba lined the ball up for a free kick fully 30 yards from goal, before firing an inch-perfect dead ball past the keeper.

Russia's home opener at the World Cup will be against Saudi Arabia, taking place on the 14th of June.

"He was also playing a "comeback" match because it's been a while since he played a full game".

However, Mourinho apparently believes that Pogba "possesses the technical and physical qualities to establish himself as one of the world's best footballers" but has lost his focus on developing as a player.

"So close to the World Cup, questions are being asked as to why it wasn't dealt with as it occurred during play".

  • Sonia Alvarado