France’s possible starting XI against Austria for Euro 2024

France’s possible starting XI against Austria for Euro 2024


France head into the 2024 European Championship with arguably the most talented squad of any nation and they are therefore expected to reach the latter stages of the tournament.

Didier Deschamps’ side fell to a crushing penalty shootout defeat against Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final, while they exited Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage after another penalty loss – this time to Switzerland.

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Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive spot kick against Switzerland and will be hoping to avenge that mistake before sealing a sensational free transfer switch to Real Madrid.

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He bagged a hat-trick during the aforementioned World Cup final and is expected to play a key role yet again as France look to win the Euros for the first time since 2000.

Below, FootballTransfers predicts France’s first-choice starting XI against Austria in their Euro 2024 opener.

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How France will line up against Austria

Mike Maignan is surprisingly injury prone for a goalkeeper, but the AC Milan number one is expected to return to full fitness ahead of Euro 2024 and he will start in between the sticks versus Austria.

Right-back has typically been a troublesome position for Deschamps in recent years, but Jules Kounde is expected to continue as France’s first-choice in this role.

Jules Kounde will likely start at right-back for France
© IMAGO – Jules Kounde will likely start at right-back for France

At the 2022 World Cup, Deschamps favoured Dayot Upamecano and Raphael Varane at centre-back, but the former is out of favour at Bayern Munich and the latter is currently injured.

However, Upamecano is still likely to start against Austria. He will be partnered by Arsenal star William Saliba.

Lucas Hernandez suffered an ACL injury towards the end of the season, meaning his brother Theo will be France’s undisputed first-choice left-back at the tournament. The AC Milan star will start versus Ralf Rangnick’s side.

Aurelien Tchouameni suffered a late-season injury at Real Madrid and he is expected to be replaced by Al-Ittihad midfielder N’Golo Kante as a result.

Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann will start next to the ex-Chelsea man in midfield.

Adrien Rabiot is expected to start for France
© IMAGO – Adrien Rabiot is expected to start for France

Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe will likely play off either flank, while Marcus Thuram will lead the line ahead of Olivier Giroud.

France’s predicted starting XI against Austria

GK: Mike Maignan

RB: Jules Kounde

CB: William Saliba

CB: Dayot Upemacano

LB: Theo Hernandez

CDM: N’Golo Kante

CM: Adrien Rabiot

CM: Antoine Griezmann

RW: Ousmane Dembele

ST: Marcus Thuram

LW: Kylian Mbappe

France’s Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens).

Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Inter), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Al-Ittihad), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurlien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG).

Forwards: Bradley Barcola (PSG), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (PSG), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (PSG), Kylian Mbappe (Real Madrid), Marcus Thuram (Inter Milan).

Read more about: UEFA European Championship, Ligue 1, UEFA European Championship Qualification, France, Adrien Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Ibrahima Konaté, Jules Koundé, Kylian Mbappé, Mike Maignan, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembélé, Theo Hernandez, William Saliba


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