ROGIC IS DAN­GER MAN FOR OZ SAYS TOP BOSS

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK WALKER

FRANCE boss Di­dier Deschamps has sin­gled out Celtic ace Tom Rogic as Australia’s dan­ger man ahead of their World Cup show­down.

The 1998 win­ners will meet the Soc­ceroos on Satur­day in both na­tions’ open­ing game of Rus­sia 2018 in Kazan. France are among the favourites to win the tour­na­ment, with Australia fac­ing a huge fight to qual­ify from their Group, with Den­mark and Peru also in it. And Deschamps – who led his coun­try to the quar­ter-fi­nal of the last World Cup and the Euro 2016 Fi­nal has ad­mit­ted he ’s

wary of Hoops play­maker Rogic.

He said: “Australia used to be a de­fen­sive side, but they have changed that and now have an at­tack­ing threat.

“I am con­cerned about their strength go­ing for­ward – in par­tic­u­lar Tom Rogic. They also have An­drew Nabbout, who is an ex­cit­ing player.

“They are well or­gan­ised and can be an ag­gres­sive team.

“We have com­pleted our home­work on them. It’s a very dif­fi­cult game against a team who will work very hard in­deed.

“I have told our play­ers to be care­ful about the at­tack­ing threat Australia un­doubt­edly pose.”

And star striker An­toine Griez­mann in­sists Rogic and Co will be tricky op­po­nents for them.

The Atletico Madrid hit­man pointed out: “We played the USA and could only draw and I think Australia are bet­ter than them.

“So that’s an in­di­ca­tion about what’s in store for us in Rus­sia.

“We need to be on top of our game.”

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