Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis delights at Mathias Pogba's international pride
STEVE Davis admits Mathias Pogba was torn between club and country before he made his hush-hush international debut for Guinea this week.
Pogba came off the bench to play alongside twin brother Florentin Pogba for the final 30 minutes of Guinea's 1-1 draw with Senegal in Paris on Tuesday.
The pair's younger brother, Juventus's Paul Pogba, was a spectator, although he has pledged his football future to France.
Mathias Pogba had delayed meeting up with the squad so he could play for the Alex against Scunthorpe on Saturday, but he missed their Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash at Coventry.
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The 22-year-old forward's absence did not hurt too much as Crewe won the northern area final first leg 3-0.
"I'm not sure how we kept it quiet, we didn't want anyone to know," said Davis, whose secrecy managed to spoil a large chunk of Coventry's pre-match planning. "He had an opportunity to play for his country and how can you stop the guy?
"It was a difficult one for him, but it was his first call-up and he made his debut.
"We had to change it around up top and we did miss him at times, but I thought Chuks Aneke was superb and Ajay (Leitch-Smith) was predatory."