Paul Pogba needs to raise his game but is 'indispensable' - Didier Deschamps
- Drew Tucker
His passing was wayward and one shot almost went out for a throw-in.
A poll by magazine France Football asked fans whether Pogba should start.
Roberto Mancini's second game in charge of Italy, who did not qualify for the World Cup, provided a decent challenge with Mario Balotelli looking unsafe on his club turf at Nice. Among 7,000 respondents, 73 per cent said he shouldn't.
"I don't question Paul's potential".
"He is taking a little time to say what is next for him and I think there is perhaps some doubt on his part", Costa told a news conference.
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Now I know what you are all thinking, why and how does this effect Tottenham? He has to raise his level of play. He plays his game, you're used to him scoring.
Pogba has come under fire for his performances in Manchester United colours in recent months and his indifferent form continued with the national team, as they prepare to start their World Cup campaign later this month.
His inconsistency is what annoys fans the most - he can go from a match-winning display like the one at Manchester City in April to an nearly anonymous display the next game.
France will face U.S. in another warm-up match on 9 June before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Australia a week later.
The match was just the second in charge for Italy coach Roberto Mancini, who took the job last month after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the four-time world champions' failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first since 1958.