Mbappe Lauds Griezmann As France’s Leader

Kylian Mbappe breaks silence on injury scare ahead of World Cup

Kylian Mbappe injured his ankle just two days before the start of the World Cup

France striker Antoine Griezmann says he expects star midfielder Paul Pogba to inspire Les Bleus to glory at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The starting XI will be the youngest for France at a World Cup since 1930, with an average of 24-years-old and 6 months. In the World Cup, anybody can beat anybody.

At the back they have been denied of the experienced presence of Laurent Koscielny, who is ruled out through injury.

"Club or national training is the same".

Fluffing their lines against Group C minnows Australia at the Kazan Arena would be unthinkable for most French fans, although the Socceroos - who have talked up how they will fight tooth and nail to get a result - have pledged to provide the first hurdle.

The full-backs of Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe looked good against Ireland (but again had nothing to do), a threat going forward. That France side had (some) flair up front and brilliance in the middle, Zidane and Petit about to approach their peak, but it was the French defence which stood out.

Midfield may prove to be a cause for concern for Les Bleus with questions over talisman Paul Pogba's form.

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The other notable selections are Iranian-born Daniel Arzani, 19, who emerged this season as a game-changing wide player for Melbourne City in the A-League, and Fran Karacic, 22, who has never set foot in Australia and represented Croatia at youth level as recently as March. But head and heart have finally settled on France to emerge as world champions, 20 years after their maiden title. France and Manchester United's Paul Pogba need to be aware of Eriksen's capabilities. But Pogba has to be the main man. (Hugo) Lloris, (Raphael) Varane, (Blaise) Matuidi and (Antoine) Griezmann are all senior figures in this squad as well. And importantly for us, that he has freed his mind for the World Cup.

Deschamps opted for a 4-2-3-1 during Euro 2016 with Olivier Giroud the lone striker and Antoine Griezmann behind him as the number 10. They have enough attacking flair, but can they build from the back?

He does have the age old headache of too many attackers to pick from, but in truth, selecting a side behind them, that gets the best from everyone, is a tougher task. On the opposite flank will be Mbappe, with Griezmann as the central striker.

France had entered 2010 edition with huge expectations following their run to the final in Germany four years before.

The €180m (R2.82b) signing from AS Monaco has scored four goals and registered five assists in 15 caps since making his debut previous year.

The whole fracas led to Domenech's sacking and France Football Federation president, Jean-Pierre Escalettes resigning in disgrace. And that's not to mention the friendlies they played leading up to the World Cup.

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