Defender Raphaël Varane, back from injury, was placed on the substitutes’ bench, gave way to a Konaté-Upamecano hinge for the Blues’ entry into the World Cup against Australia on Tuesday (8 p.m.), at contrary to Ousmane Dembélé, associated in attack with Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud.
Coach Didier Deschamps chose caution with his vice-captain, injured in a thigh on October 22: Varane is preserved at kick-off, sent the central defense to an experimental hinge composed of Ibrahima Konaté (23 years old). ) and Dayot Upamecano (24), who played together in the past at Leipzig.
The first 1⃣1⃣ of this World Cup??
— French team ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) November 22, 2022
The “eleven” lined up at the Al Janoub stadium in Al Wakrah has six holders of the 2018 World Cup final: the attacking trio Mbappé-Griezmann-Giroud, the backs behind Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, and goalkeeper-captain Hugo Lloris. The captain is celebrating his 140th selection, two lengths from the French team record held by Lilian Thuram. He is playing his 12th World Cup match as captain, a record in Blue, ahead of Michel Platini (11). Griezmann is playing his 68th game in a row for the French team without having missed a single one, while Giroud, who is taking advantage of Karim Benzema’s withdrawal, becomes the oldest Frenchman to play in the World Cup, ahead of Fabien Barthez, at 36 years and 53 days.
The eleven of the blues
Lloris (cap.) – Pavard, Konaté, Upamecano, L. Hernandez – Tchouaméni, Rabiot – Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé – Giroud.