FIFA World Cup Squads: Group C

Group C


France

Coach: Didier Deschamps

Star player: Antoine Griezmann

World Cup best: Winners 1998

How they got here: Knocked out in the quarter-finals in 2014, France have built a hugely impressive squad and will hope to make up for their near miss on home soil in Euro 2016, when they lost in the final to Portugal.

Squad news: 

  • Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Adil Rami (Marseille), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)
  • Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Ngolo Kante (Chelsea), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla)
  • Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

Australia

Coach: Bert van Marwijk

Star player: Aaron Mooy

World Cup best: Second round 2006

How they got here: Completing a quintet of qualifiers from the Asian groups, Australia conquered Honduras over two play-off legs. Were pointless at Brazil 2014 and long-serving talisman Tim Cahill is on the wane.

Squad news: 

  • Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Mitch Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Mat Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion), Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk);
  • Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Alex Gersbach (Racing Lens), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Blue Wings), Fran Karacic (NK Lokomotiva), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper Zurich), Aleksandar Susnjar (FK Mlada Boleslav), Bailey Wright (Bristol City);
  • Midfielders: Josh Brillante (Sydney), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Tom Rogic (Celtic), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory);
  • Forwards: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Tim Cahill (Millwall), Apostolos Giannou (AEK Larnaca), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa).

Peru

Coach: Ricardo Gareca

Star player: Jefferson Farfán

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 1970

How they got here: Will be appearing at their first World Cup since 1982 after they beat New Zealand 2-0 on aggregate in the play-offs.

Squad news: Captain Paolo Guerrero could miss the tournament after testing positive for cocaine. He has appealed but his participation remains firmly in doubt.

  • Goalkeeper: Carlos Cáceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (Club Universitario de Deportes), Pedro Gallese (Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz)
  • Defender: Luis Abram (Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield), Luis Advincula (Lobos BUAP), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Aldo Corzo (Club Universitario de Deportes), Nilson Loyola (FBC Melgar), Christian Ramos (Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz), Alberto Rodriguez (Club Universitario de Deportes), Anderson Santamaría (Club Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo)
  • Midfeilder: Wilder Cartagena (Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz), Pedro Aquino (Lobos BUAP), Christian Cueva (São Paulo FC), Edison Flores (AaB Fodbold), Sergio Pena (Granada CF B), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City SC)
  • Forward: Andre Carrillo (Watford F.C), Jefferson Farfan (FC Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Hurtado (Vitória S.C.), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Raul Ruidiaz (Monarcas Morelia)

Denmark

Coach: Age Hareide

Star player: Christian Eriksen

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 1998

How they got here: After missing out in 2014, Eriksen propelled Denmark back to the World Cup finals with a hat-trick in their play-off victory over the Republic of Ireland. The Danes failed to get out of their group on their last appearance in 2010.

Squad news: 

  • Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby), Jesper Hansen (FC Midtjylland)
  • Defenders: Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Andreas Bjelland (Brentford), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Peter Ankersen (FC Copenhagen), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Riza Durmisi (Real Betis), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich), Nicolai Boilesen (FC Copenhagen)
  • Midfielders: William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Mike Jensen (Rosenborg), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Daniel Wass (Celta Vigo), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton), Mathias Jensen (FC Nordsjaelland), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), Robert Skov (FC Copenhagen)
  • Forwards: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff)
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