(From 2ndL) Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish defender Yuri Berchiche, Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Hatem Ben Arfa, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender Marquinhos, Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain’s Belgian defender Thomas Meunier, Paris Saint-Germain’s French midfielder Christopher Nkunku and Paris Saint-Germain’s French midfielder Adrien Rabiot attend a training session on March 5, 2018 at the Ooredoo training center in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, on the eve of their Champions’ League football match against Real Madrid CF. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
France vs Australia : France coach Didier Deschamps left Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on the bench for a World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday as teenager Kylian Mbappe leads Les Bleus’ front line in Kazan.
Mbappe, one of 14 players in France’s squad who have yet to feature in a major tournament, has been in great form for Paris Saint-Germain last season and will kick of Saturday’s Group C France vs Australia game flanked by Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona.
Deploying his preferred 4-3-3, 1998 World Cup winners Deschamps’ midfield will see Manchester United’s Paul Pogba alongside Corentin Tolisso of Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
A four-man defence composed of Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez will have the job of stopping Australia’s Andrew Nabbout, of Japanese side Urawa Reds, from scoring on his World Cup debut.
Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic will be the link man for Nabbout, with Bundesliga-based Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin) and Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum) providing support from the flanks.
Starting line-ups for the World Cup Group C opening game between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena on Saturday (1000 GMT kick-off):
Hugo Lloris (capt); Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe
Coach: Didier Deschamps (FRA)
Coach: Bert van Marwijk (NED)
Mathew Ryan; Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Aziz Behich; Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak (capt); Robbie Kruse, Tom Rogic, Mathew Leckie; Andrew Nabbout
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
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