Antoine Griezmann and Corentin Tolisso have hit out at France fans who jeered Paul Pogba during the side’s 3-1 win over Italy in a World Cup warm-up match on Friday night.
The Manchester United midfielder was whistled by the home crowd when he was replaced by Steven N’Zonzi in the second half.
Samuel Umtiti, Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele all scored to seal victory at the Allianz Riviera Stadium.
Pogba has endured a troublesome end to the season, as he temporarily lost his place under Jose Mourinho before also being left on the bench when France lost against Colombia in March.
‘The whistles are part of football, you have to stay tough mentally. We’re all playing for the same shirt. He plays his game, you’re used to him scoring. We don’t expect that from him, only that he rotates the ball and plays for the team,’ Griezmann said.
‘He has had a difficult season at Manchester United but he has a lot of confidence in himself.’
‘We’re France, we are all France players, we’re all fighting for our country and for the fans there and we produced a very good performance.
‘Paul had a good game, he worked hard. It hurts because I wouldn’t want to be whistled, even if I went to Saint-Etienne as an ex-Lyon player.
‘Fans need to realise this. We’re all on the same boat, and we have to all stick together.’
France face the United States in their final friendly before the World Cup next Saturday.
Didier Deschamps’ side then take on Australia in their opening Group C game on June 16.