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"I will keep to things from this: His loyalty and attachment to Atletico Madrid, and most of all, that now he will have his mind free for the World Cup", Deschamps said.

French head coach Didier Deschamps told press on Friday afternoon that all the 23 French players are available for their World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.

"Due to his philosophy and the way he chooses to use players together, he may have decided not to use them this time". The French are not the outright favourites to win in Russian Federation, as Brazil, Germany and Spain are ahead of them in the betting, but they are there in fourth place according to the bookies.

Griezmann is now hoping that his teammate can step up when France take on Australia this weekend, before two more group games against Peru and Denmark. This was the first instance of the VAR changing the referee's decision at the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante will partner Tolisso in midfield, while Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti will complete the back four in front of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the captain, who will represent his country for the 99th time on Saturday. They returned in 2006, when they beat Japan 3-1 despite being 0-1 down till the 84th minute.

The forward has given France a big scare after hobbling away from an open training session.

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After losing in the final at Euro 2016, France are hoping to go one better in Russian Federation this summer. Despite all their talent, Les Bleus have struggled for consistency and often appeared vulnerable in World Cup qualifying. Then again, he's so good, he's almost untouchable, and will most likely play as a box-to-box midfielder for France.

But Australia, at long-odds just to get of the group stage, insist they'll be respectful but not overawed.

France coach Didier Deschamps has always been clear with his players since taking charge six years ago: there is no "I" in team.

"Obviously we know that the individual players of France play at the best clubs in the world and on paper it's a better side than ours", he conceded.

"We've got a job to do against France", said Nabbout, who is now with J-League side Urawa Reds.


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