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Griezmann The Central Striker As France Name Team To Face Australia

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - JUNE 12, 2018: Antoine Griezmann of the French national team during a training session at Istra's Glebovets Stadium chosen as their team base camp training site, ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled to start on June 14. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS (Photo by Mikhail TereshchenkoTASS via Getty Images)

Antoine Griezmann has been named as the central striker in France’s starting lineup for their World Cup opener against Australia.

One of the biggest challenges for Didier Deschamps this week was to figure out a system that allowed the likes of Griezmann and Paul Pogba to play their natural game while also maximising the effectiveness of the team as a whole – and this his how he has decided to come at the clash in Kazan on Saturday morning.

The Atletico forward will start as the central striker in a 4-3-3 formation, flanked by Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele. Pogba, meanwhile, will operate on the left of a midfield three (which, in what perhaps became the most overused line of all by pundits last season, is seen as his best position) next to Bayern’s Corentin Tolisso, with N’Golo Kante at the base.

It’s a big day too for the full-backs, both Benjamin Pavard on the right and Lucas Hernandez on the left are making their first competitive starts for Les Bleus – a big call from Deschamps.

France's coach Didier Deschamps (L) stands on the pitch with members of the coaching staff before the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia, meanwhile, have named both Tom Rogic and Aaron Moory in the starting lineup as manager Bert van Marwijk attempts to find a system that can fully accommodate both. Aston Villa’s Mile Jedinak completes the three-man midfield in what also looks set to be a 4-3-3 formation, albeit one that could switch to either a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1 throughout.

Millwall veteran Tim Cahill, meanwhile, is named on the bench. Should he enter the fray, this will be is fourth consecutive World Cup finals appearance for the Socceroos.

This match is one of four on the schedule on Saturday, as Groups C and D roar into life.

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