France vs Australia LIVE! Holders begin World Cup defence with Group D clash in Qatar
“The defending world champions are in horrible shape as they head to Qatar. They finished third in Group A1 of the Nations League, behind Croatia and Denmark, with just five points from six games.
“Les Bleus, on the other hand, went undefeated in their World Cup Qualifying campaign, winning Group D with 18 points after eight games, six more than Ukraine, who finished second.
“Didier Deschamps relied on his potent trio of 14-goal scorers Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema during qualification.
“There are many well-known players from home, both past and present, including veteran striker Olivier Giroud, veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, and Raphael Varane, who made four appearances during qualification. Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nkunku, N’Golo Kante, and Paul Pogba, however, will be absent .