Predict France’s starting lineup for their first World Cup match in the comments below and stand a chance to win a replica of the official FIFA World Cup Ball Telstar!
France vs Australia
Kick-off Time: 03:30 pm (IST)
Note: All entries for the competition will have to be made by 10:30 AM on 16th June 2018, entries after the mentioned time will not be taken into consideration. Participants must leave their e-mail ID as well.
Les Blues will be desperate to lift the World Cup this time, even more so due to their narrow defeat against Portugal in the 2016 Euro Cup. Didier Deschamps has made quite a few changes since their last major tournament including a vast majority of young in-form players.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba(Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
Man City’s Aymeric Laporte, United forward Anthony Martial, and Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette missed out while in-form attacker Nabil Fekir, Marseille duo Adil Rami and Florian Thauvin make the squad.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Midfielders like Kante & Pogba will dictate the game in midfield supporting one of the best attacks in the world with world-class forwards like Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Thomas Lemar whilst having alternative options like Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, and Nabil Fekir.
The French squad has a depth in the squad which is paralleled by only a couple of teams. The attack is the team’s biggest strength; the world-class quality of their front line will be a headache for all the teams who face Les Blues.
While France does have an ultra-talented squad, most of the stars are very young and hence inexperienced and experience has always been a major factor in the competition.
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