Paris: Franceâs trip to face Moldova in Chisinau might be far from the glitter of a World Cup but they will be just as motivated for their first Euro 2020 qualifier, midfielder Paul Pogba said on Wednesday.
Le Bleus have played six games - four in the Nations League - since beating Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 World Cup but Fridayâs Group H opener will be their first leading to a major competition.
âItâs true that itâs not so easy to come back and to have new goals right away after winning the World Cup,â Pogba told a news conference on Wednesday.
âBut we have to, itâs our job. And we have to remain professional. But now weâre going right into the competition, itâs the qualifiers. We want to win, we want to be the first in the group.â
France were drawn with Moldova, Albania, Turkey, Andorra and Iceland, who they face at the Stade de France on Monday.
The top two qualify for the finals, which are being staged across 12 countries.
Coach Didier Deschamps called up Kingsley Coman after the Bayern Munich forward was omitted from the World Cup squad.
The 22-year-old is determined to play at Euro 2020.
âItâs never easy, it can be easy if we make it easy,â he told reporters. âWe have to go into all the matches fully focussed and stay motivated.
âI think the team is still hungry for trophies. But to do great things we first have to qualify.â