Paul Pogba insists he has not been bogged down by criticism of his recent performances after scoring the winner for France on Monday against Netherlands.
The Manchester United superstar has received a lot of poor reviews for both club and country this term after his world record money move from Italian giants Juventus in the summer transfer window.
Pogba was told that ‘he could do better’ by his own international gaffer Didier Deschamps after the 4-1 victory over Bulgaria last Friday.
The midfielder was also given a match rating of just four by French publication L’Equipe, with no other French player scoring lower.
However, he returned to form with a long-range strike to give his nation the three points and solidify their place at the top of Group A alongside Sweden.
“I play for the France team. It’s not the Pogba team,” he told Canal+ in an interview after the game.
“We’re not going to start talking individual.
“I play for the team and I always play for the team.
“It’s not always nice to hear criticism, but that’s football.
“I stay focused on the field. I always give my all. Then, I try to make big benefits and give the best of myself.
“I am a person who tries things. We always grow and learn. I’m still young. I have goals, we have goals. We want to go to the World Cup.”
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)