You may have to go all the way back to 1962 to find the last time a team retained the World Cup but nevertheless – don’t expect the rest of Group D to underestimate.
Whether Didier Deschamps’ team can replicate the feats of50 years ago remains up for discussion but any team with and ‘s in the side need to be taken very seriously indeed.
will provide a stern test, especially after impressing at the last European Championships with a run to the last four and should qualify with the French, although with nothing expected of or in such a tough group, there could be a few twists along the way.
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Three things you need to know about Australia
Alexi Lalas gives the three things you need to know about Australia.
Coach: Graham Arnold
Highest finish: Last 16 (2006)
2018 finish: N/A
FOX Bet odds:in the final. Now plays in Italy for Hellas Verona.
What success looks like: Last 16
Achilles’ heel: This is an Australia side lacking experience at the highest level and that could cost them dear. They need to play with no fear if they are to get out of the group, but even that probably won’t be enough.
X-Factor: A lot is expected of 18-year-old sensation Garang Kuol who has just signed forin the Premier League. He recently became the youngest Socceroo since Harry Kewell in 1996. The attacker has an eye for goal and will be an unknown for many.
Group D Preview: France, Australia, Tunisia, and Denmark
Alexi Lalas and David Mosse break down Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Maty Ryan, Andrew Redmayne, Danny Vukovic
Defenders: Milos Degenek, Aziz Behich, Joel King, Nathaniel Atkinson, Fran Karacic, Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Bailey Wright, Thomas Deng
Midfielders: Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Ajdin Hrustic, Keanu Baccus, Cameron Devlin, Riley McGree
Forwards: Awer Mabil, Mathew Leckie, Martin Boyle, Jamie Maclaren, Jason Cummings, Mitchell Duke, Garang Kuol, Craig Goodwin
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