Paul Pogba says becoming captain of France is not one of his ambitions, saying he can be a leader on the pitch without an armband.
The Manchester United midfielder and World Cup winner is one of the biggest names and most outspoken figures in the French international set-up.
Asked whether he would want an official leadership role for France, Pogba gave the example of Andrea Pirlo at Juventus as a captain who was not the loudest voice in the dressing room.
Pogba told L’Equipe: ‘I have never played for France to be captain. Being here is already something big for me.
‘You do not have to be a captain to speak. A leader is not someone who has the armband on. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak.
‘For example, Pirlo is a leader, but he will not speak a lot in the dressing room. He will be there on the pitch and show you the way. He is a true leader. The armband has never been a goal.’
Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy by manager Jose Mourinho this season after criticising his tactics.
He was punished after demanding United ‘attack, attack, attack’ following a 1-1 draw with Wolves.