The Caltex Socceroos begin their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against European powerhouses France in the opening game of Group C.
There’s world-class talent all the way through the French squad but we’ve highlighted three that the Caltex Socceroos will need to stop in Kazan.
In a squad dripping with attacking talent, Griezmann is arguably France’s main man.
He starred at Euro 2016 – where he scored six goals on their way to the final – and if he can replicate that form in Russia, the French will be tough to crack.
Making the Atletico Madrid man even harder to shackle, he has the ability to score all types of goals and from both inside and outside the box.
The Manchester United star is a beast in the middle of the park.
Pogba has it all. Highly skilful, a superb athlete that can go box-to-box as well as an eye for goal.
It’s no wonder he’s the second-most expensive footballer in history.
If the Caltex Socceroos are to pull off an upset in the opening match of Group C, they’ll need to keep a close check on Pogba.
It’s hard to believe Mbappe is still in his teens.
Blessed with searing speed and a bullet of a shot, the PSG winger is somewhat of a newcomer to international football but is still likely to be a key cog in Didier Descamps side.
On current form and talent, Mbappe may just be France’s x-factor in their hopes of winning a second FIFA World Cup.
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