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Deschamps names Australia’s dangerman

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Didier Deschamps has named Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic as Australia’s biggest threat ahead of their World Cup opener against France

The Socceroos will face off against the 1998 world champions on Saturday in Kazan and will be hoping to defy the odds and cause an upset.

In a group that also contains Denmark and Peru, the Aussies are not expected to progress but Deschamps has recognised their improvements in attack over the years and is expecting a difficult game for France.

“I am concerned about their strength going forward – in particular, Tom Rogic. They also have Andrew Nabbout who is an exciting player. They are well organised and can be an aggressive team,” said the France boss, as quoted by Daily Record.

“We have completed our homework on them. It’s a very difficult game against a team who will work very hard indeed. I have told our players to be careful about the attacking threat Australia undoubtedly pose.”

Antoine Griezmann, who is expected to be France’s main threat for the World Cup, is also anticipating a very difficult game against Australia.

“We played the USA and could only draw and I think Australia are better than them,” he said.

“So that’s an indication about what’s in store for us in Russia. We need to be on top of our game.”