France are without key striker Karim Benzema as they begin their 2022 World Cup adventure, and the Real Madrid striker may be missing throughout the tournament in Qatar.
Luckily for Didier Deschamps, he has a wealth of options to choose from: wingers like Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembele provide the pace, veteran striker Olivier Giroud has a history of helping the national team out of tough situations and , of course, Kylian Mbappe remains editing and shooting.
There remain question marks over the Blues’ midfield, but against Australia they should still have far too much firepower to do anything other than start their World Crown defense with a win.
Australia needed to go through two playoffs to reach the final, one in the Asian qualifying zone and the other an intercontinental game that ended in a penalty shootout.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is France against Australia?
The match kicks off at 19:00 GMT on Tuesday, November 22 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.
Where can I watch it?
This match will be broadcast live on BBC One and can be streamed on BBC iPlayer.
For a full list of channels where World Cup matches will be shown, click here.
The Independent will be covering this game and all the others with our live World Cup blogs.
FRA – Lloris, Pavard, Upamecano, Konate, L Hernandez, Rabiot, Tchouameni, Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud
AUS – Ryan, Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Mooy, Goodwin, McGree, Irvine, Leckie, Duke
A routine start to the procedure for the European nation, which really should take the victory in 90 minutes, even if it is difficult in the first stages. France 4-0 Australia.