France seeks thumping win over Australia


But he confirmed that all 23 players - with an average age of 26 - are available for selection, easing fears that a knee injury might have ended right-back Djibril Sidibe's World Cup before it started. "But we will need to use all these qualities for the benefit of the group". This was the first instance of the VAR changing the referee's decision at the FIFA World Cup 2018.

France start their campaign in Group C against Australia in Kazan on Saturday, with the 19-year-old Mbappe and the 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele supporting Antoine Griezmann up front.

The Frenchman won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups in England, making him one of France's greatest ever coaches.

France, who were knocked out in the World Cup quarter-finals by eventual champions Germany four years ago in Brazil, also take on Peru and Denmark in the group stage.

Was it a sign of solidarity for the player from the Paris crowd, aware that Griezmann's sister had been caught up in the Bataclan massacre of 2015, Maud Griezmann lucky to survive? He tried them during the European Championships. In the World Cup, anybody can beat anybody. While this match may be easy for the French team, they certainly can not overlook it.

France, overflowing with on-field riches with a squad worth more than $1 billion, are justifiably rated among the favourites to win the World Cup. The French coach apparently is happy that the player can focus on the game now.

Australian hopes have always revolved around Tim Cahill, now 38 but no less threatening than his younger compatriots.

Socceroos supporters in the Kazan Arena booed the decision, which will prove to be a hugely contentious first use of VAR at Russian Federation 2018 and in World Cup history.

You can also watch online on the BBC Sport website. Against the Americans, they created all France's risky moves and played several clever one-two combinations.

Instead he has opted for in form Ligue 1 stars Florian Thauvin and Nabil Fekir, to play alongside the more established Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann.