Away from collective training since the regrouping of the France team, Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane are present with their teammates at the session organized at 48 hours from France-Australia.
In two days, the Blues will start their campaign in the 2022 World Cup with the match which on paper seems the easiest of the group, it will be against Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah. For this meeting, Didier Deschamps still seems to hesitate about his starting lineup, but a priori the French coach should be spoiled for choice. Indeed, this Saturday evening, it is a group of 26 players who participated in collective training, with in particular the presence of Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane who since the regrouping of last Monday were working apart. Even to the point that the packages of the attacker and the defender seemed almost inevitable for this first meeting of the France team.
Varane and Benzema, last test before the start of the World Cup
— French team ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) November 18, 2022
Of course, nothing says that this presence of the Ballon d’Or and the Manchester United player in training ensures their presence against the Australian team, but at least it keeps away a package for one or more matches during this World Cup. According to several media present on the spot in Qatar, it is once the training is finished, the staff of the Blues will take into account the feelings of Benzema and Varane before making a final choice, but during the 15 minutes open to the media, the two players didn’t really seem to have any restraint. The France team is breathing a little better, and its supporters too, as the competition approaches and things are moving in the right direction for a group already marked by the injury of Christopher Nkunku.