France World Cup lineup, starting 11 in Qatar 2022: How will France lineup without Benzema and Pogba?

World champions France take on Australia in their first match of the 2022 World Cup in a repeat of their opening fixture four years ago

Despite being heavy favourites, Les Bleus preparation for their World Cup defence has been blighted by injuries, with key players being ruled out right up to the days before this match

The latest of these could be the biggest loss, with star striker and Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema being ruled out of the tournament with a quad injury, leaving a hole in the France starting striker spot

Below is the latest information on the potential starting lineup that Didier Deschamps could choose ahead of the group stage match against Australia on November 22

With Benzema's absence being confirmed, France have a couple of options to choose from when searching for a replacement for their star striker

In the recent UEFA Nations League campaign, France went with multiple formations that varied between four at the back and formations with wing backs

Olivier Giroud would be the most likely option to lead the line against Australia thanks to his aerial ability