France coach Didier Deschamps has called up teenage Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba for World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and reigning European and world champion Spain.
France plays Georgia on March 22 and Spain four days later, and two wins will guarantee France taking over top spot in a five-team group in which only one team qualifies automatically for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Deschamps said Thursday that he has watched the 19-year-old Pogba playing in the past two games and quickly made his mind up.
''He is a player for the future and the future starts now for him. I want to see him with us, within the squad and at training,'' Deschamps said. ''You can ask yourself if it's the right moment. He's played 20-odd games in Serie A and six in the Champions League. I watched him in the last two games. He strikes the ball well and uses it well.''
The coach also selected 19-year-old Real Madrid center back Raphael Varane, who played with...