Didier Deschamps: World Cup draw 'could have been worse' for France

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Giroud scored four goals on the road to World Cup qualification and has gauged the England internationals he plays with at Arsenal, and believes they fear France.

After choosing a home base of Kazan long before the names were called out, Australia will play its opening fixture there against France.

"We will treat all opponents with respect, but these games, we will have a focus on what we can do", Milicic told Fairfax Media on Saturday. Peru are at their first World Cup since 1982 but were impressive enough in qualifying to make you think they could do well.

Milicic said he was "quite pleased" to have plumped for Kazan as a training venue given the draw. I think, they will visit the country for the Final Draw and consider various options. The wily coach, who has a reputation for enjoying a little bit of luck during draws, was clearly keen to keep feet in the French camp firmly on the ground.

Australia was drawn in Group C at a ceremony in Moscow on Friday night alongside former World Cup winners France, Denmark and Peru, reports Xinhua news agency. They went on to defeat the Kiwis 2-0 on aggregate.

Many of the team's players are now in Mexican clubs; goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, defender Luis Advincula, midfielder Pedro Aquino and strikers Raul Ruidiaz and Andy Polo.

You don't want to have a repeat of South Africa 2010, when our tournament basically ended after a 4-0 loss to Germany in the opener. A world football powerhouse with depth in spades, and a front line to send shivers through any defence.

"It's nice to talk, but doing it will be a different story".

Denmark hasn't played a major tournament since the 2012 European Championship but is unbeaten in 11 games since back-to-back losses in qualifying against Poland and Montenegro in October 2016. The southern bases, located in Sochi, Gelendzhik and Anapa, are rather popular.

"They (Australia) are always very competitive". "We'll have the time to analyse our opponents in friendly games".

The French have a plethora of talent including Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, N'Golo Kante and Anthony Martial. A good defense with a brilliant man pulling the strings for an attack that will throw bodies into the final third from anywhere?

"It could have been far worse of course".

Star Player - Unfortunately for Bendtner, no, it is not him, but Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.

France is the clear favorite, but the race for second place behind them is wide open.

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