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Giroud set for French bench in World Cup opener - 8 months ago, 14 June 13:50

By: Reuters

With several top-notch forwards at his disposal, France coach Didier Deschamps has tough choices to make ahead of his young team’s World Cup opener against Australia and the experienced Olivier Giroud could find himself on the bench.

The 31-year-old Chelsea striker, who has scored 31 goals in 74 games for his country, sustained a cut on his forehead in France’s last warm-up match against the United States but has been training with a bandage around his head.

Deschamps, however, is expected to leave Giroud out of the starting lineup for their first Group C match in Kazan on Saturday, having fielded him with the substitutes team in training on Wednesday.

Kylian Mbappe, 19, and 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele, who have linked up impressively during the build-up matches, should start along with Antoine Griezmann, 27, to form a fearsome trio.

“We are three players who appreciate each other. We put our egos on the side,” said ...
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