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France announce starting XI in semifinal match at 2022 World Cup

Here’s a look at the starting lineup for France when they face Morocco.

France v Morocco: Semi Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Kylian Mbappe of France arrives at the stadium prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi final match between France and Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.
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2018 World Cup champions France are one match away from being able to truly defend their crown when they face Morocco at the 2022 World Cup in the semifinal. France are hoping to get past the upstart Atlas Lions and secure a clash with Argentina in the final. Here’s how Les Bleus will start the semifinal.

GK: Hugo Lloris
D: Jules Kounde
D: Raphael Varane
D: Ibrahima Konate
D: Theo Hernandez
M: Aurelien Tchouameni
M: Youssouf Fofana
M: Antoine Griezmann
F: Kylian Mbappe
F: Olivier Giroud
F: Ousmane Dembele

The big absences here are Adrian Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano, who have been ruled out with an illness. There was a report Tuesday of an illness going around the French camp but only Rabiot and Upamecano have actually been taken out because of it. Fofana and Konate come in as replacements, respectively.

The key for France will be how Dembele and Mbappe fare against Morocco’s wingbacks, particularly Achraf Hakimi.