The France global was criticised for his performances last season and was publicly called out for his displays several times by boss Jose Mourinho.
Giroud recently scored his 31st worldwide goal, equalling the tally in a France shirt of Zinedine Zidane, but Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele has also staked his claim for a starting berth in attack with his form in the pre-tournament friendly matches. He could use Pogba as an impact substitute. But Deschamps insisted that "there are no problems" with Pogba.
And Petit has challenged him to repeat his match-winning performance that buried fierce rivals Manchester City at the Etihad in April.
Dropping Pogba, therefore, gives Olivier Giroud a chance to come into the side.
Paul Pogba can cope with the weight of expectation and shine for France at the World Cup, according to Bacary Sagna. People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager.
Kante is certainly capable of this, but he'll have a lot of defensive slack on his plate in this system.
The US lead for the majority of the game, but the most expensive teenager in world football, Kylian Mbappe, managed to help Deschamps scrape a 1-1 draw.
"If you're 1-0 up, you're not bringing him on to close the game down".
"We know we have very talented individual players but we know as well that, for the moment, we don't have a team". Can do everything - he is actually an underrated passer and carrier of the ball - but his key job will be to mop up everything and just move the ball along to the more creative talents in that France squad.
Despite rumours that he is unhappy at United and is being chased by Real Madrid, Pogba is fully focussed on succeeding with France at the World Cup.