Confirmed line-ups, preview key players and more

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GROUP C

The World Cup is well underway now, with Group C starting on Saturday morning

The 2018 World Cup is in full swing now, with four games played – all of which have been live on talkSPORT.

Today, Saturday, there are another four matches, starting with the Group C clash between France and Australia from Kazan.

The Kazan Arena will host France v Australia

The Kazan Arena will host France v Australia

talkSPORT.com give you the lowdown of the match ahead of the big kick-off


What the players are saying

Antoine Griezmann (France): “The time has come for us to set the seal on everything we’ve done in these last four years.”

Tim Cahill (Australia) on manager Bert van Marwijk:  “He’s an international coach with a massive calibre and, for us, it’s an absolute pleasure to have someone like him come to our country and help teach us a new style. He has all the tools and elements from the past and he’s experienced. He has been there and lived it and breathed it and he has beat the best. When he walks into the room, he has a presence, but he also has a softness about him that players can relate to.”

Key players

France: France’s squad is full of brilliant attacking players, but Deschamps has always struggled to get them playing to their best. His job has been helped since N’Golo Kante’s breakthrough at Leicester and his continued world class performances for Chelsea. Kante will sit at the base of France’s midfield and take on the brunt of the defensive work, allowing his midfield partner Paul Pogba the freedom to attack without worrying about leaving space behind him. Kante, 27, has won 22 caps for France since making his debut towards the end of Leicester’s title winning 2015/16 campaign. He was a key player at Euro 2016, and was named PFA Player of the Year and FWA Football of the Year in 2016/17.

Kante has emerged as one of the world’s finest players since joining Leicester in 2015

Kante has emerged as one of the world’s finest players since joining Leicester in 2015

Australia: Aaron Mooy enters the World Cup on the back of a fine campaign at the heart of Huddersfield Town’s midfield. The 27-year-old joined the Terriers on a permanent deal last summer following a season on loan from Manchester City, for whom he never represented at professional level. He’s won 34 caps for his country, scoring five goals, including a free-kick on his debut against Guam back in 2012. Despite featuring a handful of times for Australia before the 2015 Asian Cup, he was not selected for the squad which eventually won the tournament on home soil. However, he rose to incredible prominence under Postecoglou towards the end of the year, and has been a key Socceroos performer since then.

Confirmed line-ups

Where can I stream France v Australia?

France v Australia is live to stream on talkSPORT.com, or you can listen on 1089 or 1053 AM, DAB radio, or through the talkSPORT mobile.

Click here for the talkSPORT.com live stream details



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