France v Australia LIVE commentary: Kylian Mbappe’s world champions kick off title defence against Socceroos, Karim Benzema out of tournament

    Reigning champions France will get the defence of their trophy up and running against Australia in Group D of the Qatar World Cup.

    Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 in the final of the 2018 World Cup to lift their second title.

    Mbappe won the World Cup with France aged 19 in 2018

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    Mbappe won the World Cup with France aged 19 in 2018

    France will again be among the favourites to go all the way in Qatar and have arguably the best squad in the tournament.

    They’ll kick off their campaign against Australia.

    The Socceroos finished bottom of their group four years ago and will be eager to do better this winter.

    Graham Arnold’s side needed to be the UAE in a play-off to book their place at the showpiece tournament but will now be out to stun France in the opening game of Group D.

    France v Australia: talkSPORT coverage

    This World Cup Group D tie will get underway at 7pm UK time on Tuesday, November 22.

    The game will be held at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

    The action will be live on talkSPORT from 6pm and we will also have a special pre-match preview show and plenty of analysis after full-time.

    Adrian Durham will be your host and commentary will come from Ian Danter and former England defender Stuart Pearce.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Deschamps’ France will be among the favourite in Qatar

    Deschamps’ France will be among the favourite in Qatar

    France v Australia: Squads and team news 

    France striker Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the World Cup because of a thigh injury suffered in training.

    France squad

    • Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola
    • Defenders: William Saliba, Ibrahima Konaté, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Ferland Mendy, Presnel Kimpembe
    • Midfielders: Aurelien Tchouameni, Youssouf Fofana, Adrien Rabiot, Matteo Guendouzi, Jordan Veretout, Eduardo Camavinga
    • Forwards: Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Kingsley Coman, Christopher Nkunku, Olivier Giroud

    Australia squad

    • Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Andrew Redmayne
    • Defenders: Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Milos Degenek, Bailey Wright, Thomas Deng, Nathaniel Atkinson, Fran Karacic, Aziz Behich, Joel King
    • Midfielders: Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Cameron Devlin, Ajdin Hrustic, Riley McGree, Keanu Baccus
    • Forwards: Jamie Maclaren, Mitchell Duke, Jason Cummings, Mathew Leckie, Garang Kuol, Craig Goodwin, Awer Mabil, Martin Boyle

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    In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game.

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