Paul Pogba has denied claims he has retired from international duty following comments from French President Emmanuel Macron.

Manchester United star Pogba was a key figure as France won the World Cup in 2018 and featured for his country in the recent international break - but reports on Sunday suggested he would never play for his country again.

President Macron has vowed to crack down on radical Islamism in France following the beheading of Samuel Paty on October 16.

Arabic sports website 195 Sports said the midfielder had called time on his international career after Macron's comments.

But Pogba took to Instagram this morning to brand the claims 'fake news'.

Paul Pogba has been a key figure in the France squad in recent years
Paul Pogba has been a key figure in the France squad in recent years

Paty was a history professor who had taught a class on freedom of expression and had used controversial caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammed from satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Paty was killed by a suspected terrorist and it reignited tensions over secularism, Islamism and Islamophobia in France.

Macron said earlier this week that his government would "intensify its fight against radical Islamism."

Pogba has reportedly quit international duty following comments from French President Emmanuel Macron
Pogba has reportedly quit international duty following comments from French President Emmanuel Macron

He had also said: "Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today, we are not just seeing this in our country."

Pogba, it seems, is not calling time on his international career at the age of 27.

He has been a regular in Didier Deschamps’ squad and had previously spoken of his love for playing for France.

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He had said: “It was a dream when I started with the national team in France. I always wanted to play for France.

“My brothers played for Guinea, but I wanted to play for France. They were born in Guinea, and they always said ‘we’ll take care of Guinea and you take care of France’.

“It was always my dream to play for the French national team.”