Paul Pogba has vowed that France will “come back stronger” after their early Euro 2020 exit, admitting that “sometimes football can be cruel” but also “beautiful”.
The pre-tournament favourites were sent packing in the Round of 16 after a thrilling battle with Switzerland which ended in a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat.
France, who reached the final in 2016 before becoming World Champions two years later, blew a 3-1 lead in the regulation 90 minutes and failed to find a winner in extra time before being humbled on spot-kicks, but Pogba is now eager to look forward instead of pondering what might have been.
The Manchester United midfielder, who scored Les Bleus’ third goal at the National Arena in Bucharest, wrote on Instagram: “Sometimes football can be cruel… cruel and also beautiful.
“The game brought us sadness but happiness to our opponents. That’s the beauty of football. Of course, we all wished that we could have had a positive result.
“Thank you so much to all of our fans across the globe. It was beautiful to see you, to hear you, and to celebrate with you.
“You gave us hope and joy throughout all of our games. We will keep our heads up and we will come back stronger.
“Finally, I want to wish congratulations to Switzerland.”