France accused of using Africans to reach World Cup final

France's midfielder Blaise Matuidi celebrates the team's victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium

The former Real Madrid manager attained icon status when he helped France win the FIFA World Cup in 1998, scoring two goals in a 3-0 thrashing of Brazil in the final, and Pogba believes Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann could be the 2018 team's "Zizou" in the decider of the tournament on Sunday.

Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the game's only goal, despite Belgium having the lion's share of possession.

After the match Courtois and fellow Belgium star Eden Hazard expressed their disappointment at how France had conducted themselves.

'Their striker plays 30 metres from his own goal. "France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend", Courtois said.

I could do one thing and it was to play football.


However, Griezmann argued that Courtois's own club Chelsea do not play "Barcelona football" and insists that he is exclusively focused on helping his country to win a second World Cup crown.

The Atletico Madrid forward was just seven years old when Zidane scored twice to help France lift the World Cup on home soil in 1998, and 20 years later Griezmann has been hailed as one of the country's talismanic figures in Russian Federation.

"We don't care how we win, we just want to win, all we care about is getting the second star on this shirt".

France are heavy favourites to lift the World Cup in Moscow on Sunday when they face Croatia, who beat England in the second semi.

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