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France's midfielder Paul Pogba poses in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on October 9, 2018, as part of the team's preparation for the friendly football match against Island and the Nations League football match against Germany. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Paul Pogba has said he harbours no ambition to be captain of France ahead of the world champions’ friendly against Iceland at the Stade de Roudourou in Guingamp on Thursday.

The Manchester United midfielder added that does not mean he cannot be influential on the pitch and picked out former Juventus team-mate Andrea Pirlo as a player who led by example, per L’Equipe (h/t Jack Davies of Goal):

I have never played for France to be captain. Being here is already something big for me. You do not have to be a captain to speak. A leader is not someone who has the armband on. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak.

For example, Pirlo is a leader, but he will not speak a lot in the dressing room. He will be there on the pitch and show you the way. He is a true leader. The armband has never been a goal.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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