Pogba ready to lead France to U20 World Cup success

The Juventus midfielder admitted his pleasure at playing for the senior squad but hopes he can have an effect back in the national youth squad
France midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed his delight at captaining the Under-20 side at this summer's World Cup.

The Juventus starlet has shone in Serie A this campaign and deservedly earned a call-up to the senior squad, where he tussled with the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta in a World Cup 2014 qualifier for les Bleus against Spain.

But this summer he is back amongst the younger national charges ahead of the U20 World Cup in Istanbul, where France will be hoping to improve upon the fourth-place finish two years ago.

"I had the chance to play in the A team," the 20-year-old told RMC Sport, "but I am proud to be back with my [younger] team-mates.

"It's been a long time since the World Cup was within our reach. Being back here makes me happy. I am ready to take on this leadership role. I have shown I can lead by example.

"I went to the A team and I think many players would do the same, but I have shown that I can come back."

France defeated Ghana 3-1 in their opening game of the tournament and will face fellow Group A opponents United States and Spain in coming days.