Wright unfazed by facing France at World Cup

Caltex Socceroos defender Bailey Wright has no fears over facing international powerhouse France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Australia also join Peru and Denmark in a tough but not insurmountable Group C, with Les Bleus the highest-ranked at ninth in the world.

Didier Deschamps' side boast the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, but Wright is excited by the challenge.

"You look at the depth and the players they have to choose from and that's why they're up there. They're some of the best in the world," Wright told Sky Sports.

"But that's why you want to go to tournaments like this.

"You want to play against top countries and world-class players and France have got many of them.

"But we'll back ourselves against anyone."

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Wright, who captains Bristol City in the Championship, was an unused member of Australia's last campaign in Brazil.

The 25-year-old has gone on to win 21 international caps and is targeting a bigger role in Russia.

"There is that added hunger this time to make sure I'm on that plane to Russia and to get on the pitch and represent my country on the world stage," he said.

"It's a tough group but they're all tough at a World Cup.

"You're going to be playing against the best, so it's exciting. It's pretty special."

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