With several stars injured France may turn to fringe players against Australia but such is the depth of Didier Deschamps’ squad they have plenty of pedigree.
French fringe players may face Socceroos
France’s World Cup squad has been decimated by injuries to star players like Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. While the absences are a big blow for the defending champion, they open the door for a new generation of players to shine in Qatar.
Players like midfielders Eduardo Camavinga and central defender Ibrahima Konate, who have six international appearances between them, now have more of a chance of starting France’s opening match against Australia in Group D on Tuesday.
“If the coach selects us we’ll want to show what we can do and bring a breath of fresh air. It’s a childhood dream and I’m really looking forward to the Australia game,” said Camavinga.
The 20-year-old won the Spanish league title and the Champions League last season with Real Madrid alongside Benzema, the Ballon d’Or winner who was ruled out of the tournament after tearing a left thigh muscle in training on Saturday.