‘Something is not right’ with France ahead of World Cup defence, claims Australia assistant Rene Meulensteen ahead of group stage clash as former Manchester United coach suggests Denmark inspire more fear

    Australia assistant coach Rene Meulensteen insists ‘something is not right’ in the France squad ahead of the World Cup.

    The Socceroos will take on the reigning champions in their opening match of Qatar 2022 on November 22.

    France have not impressed in their preparation for the World Cup

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    France have not impressed in their preparation for the World Cup

    Les Bleus enter the tournament among the favourites with a star-studded squad featuring the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema.

    However, Didier Deschamps’ side have underwhelmed in the months leading up to the World Cup, winning just one of their six Nations League matches.

    France only avoided relegation to League 2 because Austria were beaten by Croatia on the final matchday.

    Meulensteen, the former Manchester United assistant, watched Les Bleus over the most recent international break on a scouting mission for Australia.

    France beat Austria 2-0 but slipped to a 2-0 defeat in Denmark in their final match before the World Cup.

    Denmark are also in the Socceroos’ group in Qatar and Meulensteen suggested the Danes are more frightening than the French.

    France face huge expectation heading to Qatar

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    France face huge expectation heading to Qatar

    The Australia assistant told the talkSPORT Breakfast: “I went to watch France vs Austria and Denmark vs France. I’m really scared now!

    “Denmark look really good. Really strong, well-organised, Christian Eriksen was outstanding.

    “France, I have to say, something isn’t right in that team and that squad. Something doesn’t click.

    “I watched the Austria game and they won it 2-0 thanks to mistakes from Austria and a moment of brilliance from Mbappe – which you can expect.

    “But something is going on there. I don’t know.”

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