France find out World Cup fate

Les Bleus

France have been drawn in Group C of the 2018 FIFA World Cup alongside Denmark, Peru and Australia, with the latter two first-time opponents for Les Bleus.

The draw for the World Cup finals tournament in Russia next summer was made in Moscow on Friday. France took on and defeated Denmark 2-1 on the way to lifting the trophy on home soil in 1998. The sides will meet for the third time in Russia, with the Danes having avenged that defeat with a 2-0 win at the 2002 tournament. The match against Denmark - and the familiar face of Girondin de Bordeaux midfielder Lukas Lerager - will the final game of the first round.

Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus, who qualified top Group A in the UEFA section of World Cup qualifying, are also up against Peru, who have qualified for their first finals appearance since 1982.

This, a 15th World Cup finals appearance for France, will also be the first time the former champions will have met Australia. The winner of France's Group C will meet the runner up of a Group D which includes Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.

Elsewhere, Group H - with Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan - has significant Ligue 1 Conforama interest, with AS Monaco trio Kamil Glick, Radamel Falcao and Keita Baldé likely to face each other, as well as Olmypique de Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai and FC Metz goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

There are also Ligue 1 Conforama players likely to be present in Group F, with Julian Draxler (Germany), Ola Toivonen and Jimmy Durmaz (both Sweden), and Changhoon Kwon (South Korea).


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