Mbappe scored France’s goal in the 1-1 friendly match draw against the United States. AFP / JEFF PACHOUD
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France head into their World Cup opener against Australia in Kazan Saturday sweating on the fitness of fullback Djibril Sidibe and under pressure to deliver an emphatic win to erase doubts about the cohesion of a team of brilliant individuals.Six-cap defender Benjamin Pavard, who has played mostly as a center-back for Bundesliga side Stuttgart, is likely to fill the role on his World Cup debut against a Socceroos side that is something of an unknown quantity under new coach Bert van Marwijk.Having captained Les Bleus to the 1998 World Cup triumph on home soil, Deschamps knows a thing or two about global success and is blessed with one of the strongest squads among the 32 in Russia.Barring Mbappe's goal in the 1-1 draw against the United States, there was little to like about France's disjointed play in their last warmup match and Australia will offer a tougher proposition than the Americans, according to Deschamps.
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