Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was omitted from the France squad for next month’s Nations League matches against Sweden and Croatia after testing positive for Covid-19, coach Didier Deschamps says SOUNDBITE of Didier DeschampsN°1WS81R
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Didier Deschamps’s France arrive at their hotel in Saint Petersburg on the eve of their World Cup semi-final clash against neighbours Belgium. IMAGES
France and Peru arrive at Yekaterinburg Arena for their second Group C match. A successive victory in Russia will effectively put the French into the knockout phase, but Didier Deschamps’s men, who laboured against Australia in their tournament opener, are also under pressure to put on a better performance. IMAGES
France coach Didier Deschamps has been lucky: his team have been given one of the easiest groups for the World Cup 2018, following the draw which took place in Moscow on Friday. France will play Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C.