European Championships: German defender Antonio Rudiger appears to bite French superstar Paul Pogba

German defender Antonio Rudiger could be in hot water with footage emerging of a potential bite on French star Paul Pogba during a European Championship clash on Wednesday.

France won the game 1-0 thanks to a first-half own-goal from German defender Mats Hummels, but it's an incident just before halftime that could be the biggest talking point of the tournament so far.

Cameras caught a furious Pogba remonstrating with match officials before a replay showed Rudiger, who won the Champions League with Chelsea earlier this month, appearing to bite the right shoulder of the Frenchman.

Despite Pogba's plea, there was no follow up from match officials and the game moved on.

During the halftime break, former French international Patrick Viera said it was a clear bite from Rudiger. 

"When you see that Pogba reaction, it felt [to him] like a bite. I don't really understand what Rudiger was trying to do there," Viera said on ITV.

Former Manchester United hardman Roy Keane was a little more sceptical, labelling the incident a "nibble" more than a bite.

"It wasn't a proper bite, but it was a silly thing to do," Keane said. 

Pogba and Rudiger embraced at the end of the match with the Manchester United star pleading that Rudiger escape suspension. 

"We’re friends,” he said. “This was nothing big. I think you saw the TV pictures, this is all over, this belongs to the past, I’m not crying for yellow or red cards for such actions.

"He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me.

"We’ve known each other for a long time. I felt it, I told the referee, he takes the decisions and he took the decision.

"He hasn’t received any card and I think it’s better like this. I don’t want him to be suspended because of this."