Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Griezmann: Pogba will show his brilliance

Griezmann: Pogba will show his brilliance

'All 23 players are available, ' Deschamps told reporters on Friday.

Overall, it's an incredibly stacked team with enough depth to cover all positions.

With several top-notch forwards at his disposal, France coach Didier Deschamps has tough choices to make ahead of his young team's World Cup opener against Australia and the experienced Olivier Giroud could find himself on the bench.

In his place, Deschamps only has two defenders with over 20 caps - Adil Rami and Raphael Varane - with the latter set to start alongside Samuel Umtiti.

France's Ousmane Dembele dribbles the ball during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. In 2006, when Les Bleus finished runners-up to Italy in Berlin, the individual brilliance of Zidane was key, but that team is widely remembered for the relentless press it imposed on its rivals during the knockout phase. Then again, he's so good, he's almost untouchable, and will most likely play as a box-to-box midfielder for France.

The full-backs of Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe looked good against Ireland (but again had nothing to do), a threat going forward. In them, France have a potent attacking threat down the wings allowing the likes of Mbappe and Dembele to cut inside and provide options inside the box.

France captain Hugo Lloris also admitted the striker had come in for some ribbing following the release of the footage.

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Of course, all the above dates and times are subject to change, but as it stands, this is how the campaign will pan out. Oddly, for the third consecutive season, we lock horns with Arsenal and Chelsea in consecutive games.

Midfielder Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) and goalkeeper Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) played critical roles this season in maintaining their teams' English Premier League status.

The 27-year-old believes Aussie team spirit could cause France's team of global stars problems. France and Manchester United's Paul Pogba need to be aware of Eriksen's capabilities.

The centre will obviously be controlled by Pogba and N'Golo Kante. The Chelsea man has the legs to cover every blade of grass and his presence will allow Pogba the occasional dribbling runs from deep.

With regard to Griezmann's decision, the French coach praised the player's loyalty and his attachment to the Spanish club.

On paper, they are paupers to France's footballing royalty, have little firepower up front and their modest defense faces a huge task to fend off their opponents' raids. And importantly for us, that he has freed his mind for the World Cup.

Although it thrashed Czech Republic 4-0 in its penultimate warmup before Russian Federation, its scratchy 2-1 win over Hungary in its last start may be a better pointer to its form, the side still grappling with transition from defense to attack. Peru. 3 Denmark 4.

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