PAUL Pogba has been dropped AGAIN, while England fans have been up to no good in the Netherlands.
Its an International Friendlies edition of Extra Time!
POGBA DROPPED AGAIN
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been dropped again, this time at international level by France boss Didier Deschamps.
Pogba began France’s 3-2 loss to Colombia on the bench, with Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kante preferred in the heart of midfield for the international friendly.
The 25-year-old hasn’t started a single one of the Red Devils’ last three matches with Jose Mourinho opting for Marouane Fellaini against Sevilla in the Champions League and Scott McTominay for an FA Cup quarter final clash with Brighton.
His exclusion shapes as an omen at a key time, with managers utilising these friendlies to begin finalising their starting XIs for the World Cup.
Deschamps stated earlier this week that Pogba wasn’t an outcast: “He has a complicated situation at Manchester United. But he did not lose his football ability and forget what he knows how to do.”
But the midfielder was still left out against Colombia – limited to a 25 minute cameo after replacing Matuidi in the 65th minute.
France’s shock loss was their first since June last year – when they went down 2-1 to Sweden.
Les Bleus open their World Cup campaign against the Socceroos on June 16, time will tell whether Pogba gets the nod.
CABALLERO GIVES GLOVES TO PITCH INVADER
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made a young fan’s night as his Argentina side secured a 2-0 victory over Italy at the Etihad Stadium.
The stopper gave his gloves to a young pitch invader before the minor was whisked away by stewards.
It was also a big night for the gloveman himself, as he boosted his chances of earning a ticket to Russia with a clean sheet.
The match was also made special by a tribute for late Italy defender Davide Astori.
DUTCH MASCOT SEIZES OPPORTUNITY
As England lined up against the Netherlands an array of stars were keen to steal the limelight, but initially they were beaten to it by a young mascot.
The girl was standing in front of Dutch attacker Memphis Depay and as the camera panned across the team during the national anthem – she sensed her chance.
Sticking out her tongue and raising up her hands with a two-finger gesture, she also appeared to swear at the camera as it passed across her.
Fans watching at home took to Twitter to praise the attention seeking youngster.
ENGLAND FANS CLASH WITH POLICE
Dutch Police arrested 90 England fans for public order breaches ahead of Friday’s friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
Police confirmed to Sky Sports News the number detained for offences including public disorder had risen from 25 to 28 by early Friday evening, but the number has now further increased.
Police also confirmed one member of the police support team was injured while helping make an arrest.
England supporters have been detained for a range of drunken disturbance offences including throwing beer bottles at officers.
Gareth Southgate voiced his disappointment at the trouble in the Dutch capital and described the booing of the Dutch national anthem by a minority of England supporters as “unacceptable”.
“I heard some of the booing of the anthem which is unacceptable,” Southgate said in the post-match press conference.
“(Concerning the arrests) It’s not something I want to hear and our players have represented their country well tonight and anything that takes away from that from their perspective is a great shame.”