The Blues were the favorites to go to the end this summer, but ended up being beaten on penalties by the Swiss on Monday in the round of 16.
France were leading 1-0 at halftime but fought back to lead 3-1 with just 10 minutes left, before Switzerland made a comeback for the ages and won the game until the penalty shoot-out , which she continued. to win.
Karim Benzema scored twice for the French to start their comeback, but Paul Pogba’s howler and his magnificent passage stole the show from the French ranks.
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However, Neville and Pogba both admitted that they were “frustrated” with his display as he can sometimes be guilty of being too adventurous in the wrong positions.
Neville told ITV, “We saw the best and the worst of him in the second half.
“This is the best of it, an absolutely world class strike. Brilliant.
“At this point in the game he had played a great pass right before that, he was starting to come into the game, combining, he was leading the game.
“When your team is on top, it’s absolutely exceptional. “
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Neville also added, “He’s taking risks with the ball, but you want those risks to be in the last third, not the defensive third, and they’re counterattacked. “
Meanwhile, Keane added, “It can be frustrating. It’s all part of Paul’s character, which people love to see, but then I’d watch the goal they conceded in added time, where he was sloppy in midfield. It is on this point that I would be really critical.
“It seems tough because he did brilliant things tonight. There is no doubt about the quality of Paul, just the other side, maybe his maturity.
“We mentioned all night, and United had the same problem, can he play in a two in midfield? He probably can’t, doesn’t have the discipline.
“He was at his best at Juventus when he probably had a little more freedom and was surrounded by more men, more characters, probably better quality players.
“But even today, it still leaves you frustrated. Despite all his brilliant quality to come, I still think he lacks this discipline defensively [to take hi to the next level].
“That’s the key, the best players manage to do it week after week and Paul, for me, still doesn’t quite do it. “
Legendary French midfielder Patrick Vieira agreed with Keane and Neville, saying Pogba needs to be pushed harder to really reach his potential, instead of showing off.
“I totally agree,” added the former Arsenal skipper. “When we look at his potential, what he can do on the pitch, we expect more from him.
“I think if he played next to Roy he might be a different player because what he needs is someone behind his back to put pressure on him and be really demanding of him .
“I think if we had been consistent, behind him and put under pressure every day, he would improve.
“But obviously it’s frustrating because he can give a lot more than he gives to the team. “