Denmark vs France starting lineup confirmed: Man Utd man rested but new Atletico Madrid man comes in

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France, already qualified for the last 16 from Group C, but face a tricky encounter against Denmark shortly.

However, finishing in top spot will have benefits too as Les Bleus look to avoid Croatia who top Group D and have impressed in their opening games, most notably against Argentina where Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic starred.

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A draw for France would be enough for them to win the group and they could potentially face Nigeria or Argentina in the last 16 – which is still a tricky prospect.

France manager Didier Deschamps has chosen to rest Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi, who were booked in the opening games.

However, he has started new Atletico Madrid man, Thomas Lemar, who will support Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann.

Steven N’Zonzi also starts for the French as does goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who replaces captain Hugo Lloris in the starting XI.

Martin Braithwaite will replace forward Yussuf Poulsen, who is suspended, but Christian Eriksen keeps his place and will be looking to inspire his side once more.

Denmark vs France starting lineup

Denmark XI

France XI

Denmark World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow

Defenders: Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger, Jonas Knudsen

Midfielders: William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli

Forwards: Pione Sisto, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen,  Kasper Dolberg

France World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola.

Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez.

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi.

Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir.

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