Jose Mourinho has 'made a decision' about Paul Pogba

Didier Deschamps made seven changes from the side that lost 3-2 to Colombia on Friday, including midfielder Pogba being recalled from the bench.

France, however, went ahead five minutes before halftime when Mbappe collected a fine through ball from Pogba, dribbled past a defender and beat Russian Federation keeper Andrey Lunyov with a low shot from just inside the box.

The French visitors dominated a Russian team weakened by injuries and Mbappe scored the opener in the 40th minute, leaving defender Roman Neustaedter stranded before shooting calmly past Andrei Lunyov in the Russian goal.

The impressive Pogba then won and lined up a free-kick on 49 minutes, curling over the wall and into the bottom corner past Lunev.

France coach Didier Deschamps praised Pogba after he teed up Kylian Mbappe for France's first goal and scored a free kick to register a goal and an assist in an worldwide for the first time.

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Zenit were ordered by UEFA past year to partially close their stadium after fans displayed a banner praising former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, a convicted war criminal, during a 2-1 home win over Macedonian side Vardar Skopje also in the Europa League.

The abhorrent racist abuse was so loud it could be heard on a TV broadcast - most notably after Pogba scored France's second in the 3-1 win. "We need to analyse our performance quietly".

"Or is it because he is playing for Mourinho Paul Pogba?".

"After the match with Argentina we were criticised for a lack of attacking".

France has remaining friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Italy and the United States before opening World Cup play against Australia on June 16.

  • Adam Floyd