But Pogba has enjoyed an impressive World Cup for France and excelled against Belgium in Tuesday's 1-0 semi-final win, a performance that earned him high praise from his coach Didier Deschamps and compatriot Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal manager.
That means they will not be accepting Fifa's invitation to Sunday's World Cup final in Russian Federation.
"It was close. Both sides played very well", said economics student Alpha Omba. I'd like to send out shirts to them! It's on the shirt, but I did not win it.
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Croatia having endured gruelling periods of extra time in each of their knockout matches, but Pogba does not subscribe to the theory that fatigue will make France's opposition underdogs.
"We are not thinking about it", he said. The first of the two semifinal matches are set to be played. They did not give up.
The boys and those who saved them can also look forward to a trip this season toOld Trafford, the home of English giants Manchester United.
"There are two teams and one cup".
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"For me, we are not favourites. Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".
"We haven't done anything yet".
"We'll see you for the finals in Paris, and it will be on the Champs de Mars and there will be many more of us", she said, speaking from the City Hall, where 20,000 people watched the semi-final on a giant screen. "Even their defenders are outstanding players".
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