FRANCE could make a shock roll of the dice in the World Cup final by dropping Olivier Giroud to the bench.
APOlivier Giroud is facing the France axe in the final[/caption]
France could opt to play Kylian Mbappe through the middle against Argentina
Didier Deschamps gave Marcus Thuram a run out against the tournament’s surprise package in the last-four.
Giroud was an ever-present for France when they won the 2018 World Cup and the only game he missed this time around was when Deschamps rested his starters in the final group game.
But the French boss could now change up his formula in an effort to beat Argentina.
Another change to his usual team saw Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate paired in central defence.
Such a move could indicate Raphael Varane may not be available for the final owing to his recent battle with illness.
But if he is fit to play then it would be very surprising to see one of the key figures of the victorious 2018 campaign and their Qatar run to the final not play.
The France camp has been ravaged in recent days by a flu-like virus spreading among the group, throwing a dent into their preparations.
Reports earlier today revealed Varane and Konate were present at lunch with the rest of the team while Kingsley Coman was still ill.
Furthermore, injuries to Aurelien Tchouameni (hip) and Theo Hernandez (knee) added to the French woes as FIVE stars missed training yesterday.
However, all of them returned to training on Saturday night to hand Deschamps a timely boost to his hopes of making France the first champions to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962.
Meanwhile, the manager lashed out at a reporter for asking about the whether Karim Benzema will return to the squad.
Alternatively, France could keep faith with their usual recipe