France manager Didier Deschamps has told Antione Griezmann to take a leaf out of compatriot Paul Pogba’s book as the misfiring forward looks to rediscover his form.
The Barcelona forward has struggled since arriving at the Nou Camp in 2019, with questions being raised over his future with the national side.
However, Deschamps has come out in support of his player and pointed to the resurgence of Paul Pogba at Manchester United this season as an example.
The midfielder had been subject to criticism for his displays at Old Trafford in the early part of the campaign, but found some form over the winter months as the Red Devils surged up the Premier League table.
Despite picking up an injury that has seen him ruled out since February, Deschamps has advised Griezmann to take inspiration from his fellow World Cup winner and assured the player his role in the France side is not under threat.
“He may not be playing at his best, but that is not to question his quality,” he told beIN Sports. “It would be indecent to question his presence in the national team.
“In November, Paul was going through an even more difficult period with Manchester United. Being with us gave him a boost and he had a great game against Portugal. Antoine’s case is the same, it’s a matter of trust.”
Griezmann has represented his country on 86 occasions, scoring 33 goals, including four during the successful World Cup campaign in Russia.
A year later, following five successful years at La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, Griezmann joined Barca for a hefty £107m fee, but thus far has failed to hit the same heights of his time in the capital.
For Atleti, the striker found the net 133 times, and helped the club to the 2018 Europa League, scoring twice in the final.
At Barca however, it’s been a different story with the player managing just 12 times in all competitions this campaign.
But ahead of this summer’s European Championships, Deschamps has placed full trust in the player to get back to his best.
“They know that in the France team they are in a different environment,” he added. “All the players can go through a bad period at their club, but I maintain the confidence I have in them.
“The players must bear in mind that there is competition. If at some point I think that a young man has less experience but can bring something more to the team, I will not hesitate to count on him.”