Man Utd’s Paul Pogba ‘quits France national team over President’s comments’

Paul Pogba has reportedly retired from international duty following comments from French President Emmanuel Macron.

Manchester United star Pogba was a key figure as France won the World Cup in 2018 and featured for his country in the recent international break.

President Macron has vowed to crack down on radical Islamism in France following the beheading of Samuel Paty on October 16.

Paty was a history professor who had taught a class on freedom of expression and had used controversial caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammed from satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Paty was killed by a suspected terrorist and it reignited tensions over secularism, Islamism and Islamophobia in France.

Macron said earlier this week that his government would "intensify its fight against radical Islamism."

He had also said: "Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today, we are not just seeing this in our country."

Though Pogba, who is a Muslim, is reportedly not happy with the comments from Macron with Arabic sports website 195 Sports saying the midfielder has called time on his international career.

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It’s claimed that Macron’s comments were motivation for his decision with Pogba believing they are an insult to him and to French Muslims.

Should the reports be true, it means Pogba calls time on his international career at the age of 27.

He has been a regular in Didier Deschamps’ squad and had previously spoken of his love for playing for France.

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He had said: “It was a dream when I started with the national team in France. I always wanted to play for France.

“My brothers played for Guinea, but I wanted to play for France. They were born in Guinea, and they always said ‘we’ll take care of Guinea and you take care of France’.

“It was always my dream to play for the French national team.”

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