PARIS (AP) - France football coach Didier Deschamps has called up teenage Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba for World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and reigning European and world champions Spain.
Deschamps said on Thursday that he has watched the 19-year-old Pogba playing in the past two games, adding that "he is a player for the future and the future starts now for him".
The coach also selected 19-year-old Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, who played with maturity beyond his years in recent performances against Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Star winger Franck Ribery was called up despite missing Bayern Munich's Champions League match against Arsenal on Wednesday because of a twisted left ankle. Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy was also chosen.
France play Georgia on March 22 and Spain four days later.