Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pogba Dedicates France Victory to Trapped Boys

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pogba Dedicates France Victory to Trapped Boys

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UNITED'S Paul Pogba has dedicated France's World Cup semi-final win over Belgium to the young footballers rescued from flooded caves in Thailand.

Samuel Umtiti's second-half goal in St Petersburg was enough to get Les Bleus past Roberto Martinez's Red Devils and into Sunday's Moscow final against either England or Croatia.

Pogba posted a picture on Instagram of the 12 boys, aged between 11 and 17, who entered the Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Rai province with their 25-year-old coach on June 23 and became trapped when heavy rain cut off their way out.

He wrote alongside it: "This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong #thaicaverescue #chiangrai" He also indicated there was still work to do for Didier Deschamps' side in Russia, saying: "It's great, but it's not finished. …

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