Major Socceroos boost as world's best ruled out (2024)

Defending champion France's World Cup hopes have taken a huge blow with star striker Karim Benzema ruled out of the tournament after suffering a muscle tear in his left thigh during training.

French media reported Benzema "felt a sharp muscle pain" in his left thigh in training, before scans confirmed a tear.

"Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup," the French Football Federation (FFF) said.

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"After hurting the quadriceps on his left thigh the Real Madrid striker is forced to give up on taking part in the World Cup."

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Benzema was participating in his first full training session with Les Bleus when he suffered the injury.

"I'm very sad for Karim who had made this World Cup a major objective," France coach Didier Deschamps said.

Since winning the Ballon d'Or last month, Benzema has played fewer than 30 minutes for Madrid after coming off the bench in a Champions League game.

France first match of the world cup is against the Socceroos, followed by Denmark four days later and Tunisia on November 30.

Benzema was France's top scorer at the 2014 World Cup but did not play in France's victorious 2018 World Cup campaign because he was still exiled from the team for his alleged role in a sex-tape scandal with then-France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

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READ MORE: 2022 FIFA World Cup Socceroos Squad

Group-by-group previews: Group A | Group B| Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Group A

Qatar:

Goalkeepers: Saad Al-Sheeb, Meshaal Barsham, Yousef Hassan

Defenders: Ro-Ro, Musab Kheder, Tarek Salman, Bassam Al-Rawi, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Homam Ahmed, Jassem Gaber

Midfielders: Ali Asad, Assim Madabo, Mohammed Waad, Salem Al-Hajri, Mostafa Meshaal, Karim Boudiaf, Abdelaziz Hatim, Ismaeel Mohammad

Forwards: Naif Al-Hadhrami, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Hassan Al-Haydos (C), Khalid Muneer, Akram Afif, Almoez Ali, Mohamed Muntari

Senegal:

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Alfred Gomis, Seny Diang

Defenders: Ismail Jakobs, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly (C), Pape Abou Cisse, Abdou Diallo, Formose Mendy, Fode Ballo-Toure, Cheikhou Kouyate

Midfielders: Pape Matar Sarr, Pape Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Moustapha Name, Mamadou Loum, Krepin Diatta, Pathe Ciss

Forwards: Ismaila Sarr, Bamba Dieng, Iliman Ndiaye, Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou, Nicolas Jackson

Netherlands:

Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow, Andries Noppert, Remko Pasveer.

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (C),Nathan Ake,Daley Blind, Jurrien Timber, Denzel Dumfries, Stefan de Vrij, Matthijs de Ligt, Tyrell Malacia, Jeremie Frimpong.

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Steven Berghuis, Davy Klaassen, Davy Klaassen, Teun Koopmeiners, Cody Gakpo, Maarten de Roon, Kenneth Taylor, Xavi Simons

Forwards: Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn, Vincent Janssen, Luuk de Jong, Noa Lang, Wout Weghorst

Ecuador:

Goalkeepers: Moises Ramirez, Alexander Dominguez, Hernan Galindez

Defenders: Piero Hincapie, Robert Arboleda, Pervis Estupinan, Angelo Preciado, Jackson Porozo, Xavier Arreaga, Diego Palacios, Felix Torres, William Pacho

Midfielders: Carlos Gruezo, Jose Cifuentes, Alan Franco, Moises Caicedo, Angel Mena, Jeremy Sarmiento, Sebas Méndez, Ayrton Preciado, Gonzalo Plata, Romario Ibarra

Forwards: Djorkaeff Reasco, Kevin Rodriguez, Michael Estrada, Enner Valencia (C)

Group B

England:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale

Defence: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

Forwards: Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane (C), James Maddison, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson

Iran:

Goalkeepers: Alireza Beyranvand, Amir Abedzadeh, Payam Niazmand, Hossein Hosseini

Defenders: Majid Hosseini, Ehsan Hajsafi (C), Mohammad Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Shojae Khalilzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Sadegh Moharrami, Ramin Rezaeian, Milad Mohammadi, Abolfazl Jalali

Midfielders: Saeid Ezatollahi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Ahmad Nourollahi, Ali Karimi, Saman Ghoddos, Vahid Amiri

Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh , Ali Gholizadeh, Mehdi Taremi, Mehdi Torabi, Karim Ansarifard, Sardar Azmoun

Wales:

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Adam Davies

Defenders: Ben Davies, Ben Cabango, Tom Lockyer, Joe Rodon, Chris Mepham, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Gunter, Neco Williams, Connor Roberts

Midfielders: Sorba Thomas, Joe Allen, Matthew Smith, Dylan Levitt, Harry Wilson, Joe Morrell, Jonny Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Rubin Colwill

Forwards: Gareth Bale (C), Kieffer Moore, Mark Harris, Brennan Johnson, Daniel James

USA:

Goalkeepers: Matt Turner, Sean Johnson, Ethan Horvath

Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Sergino Dest, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Joe Scally, DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman

Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson, Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Cristian Roldan

Forwards: Jesus Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Joshua Sargent, Timothy Weah, Haji Wright

Group C

Argentina:

Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani.

Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Tagliafico, Juan Foyth.

Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodriguez, Papu Gomez, Enzo Fernandez, Exequiel Palacios.

Forwards: Lionel Messi (C), Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez, Paulo Dybala, Nicolas Gonzalez, Joaquin Correa.

Mexico:

Goalkeepers: William Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera, Rodolfo Cota.

Defenders: Jorge Sánchez, Kevin Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Johan Vásquez, Héctor Moreno, César Montes,Gerardo Arteaga, Jesús Gallardo.

Midfielders: Andrés Guardado (C), Héctor Herrera, Charly Rodríguez, Erick Gutiérrez, Luis Chávez, Edson Álvarez,Orbelín Pineda, Luis Romo.

Forwards: Alexis Vega, Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano, Raúl Jiménez, Roberto Alvarado, Uriel Antuna, Henry Martín, Rogelio Funes Mori.

Saudi Arabia:

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Al-Owais, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, Mohamed Al-Yami

Defenders: Yasser Al-Shahrani, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Abdullah Madu, Hassan Tambakti, Sultan Al-Ghanam, Mohammed Al-Breik, Saud Abdulhamid

Midfielders: Salman Al-Faraj, Riyadh Sharahili, Ali Al-Hassan, Mohamed Kanno, Abdulelah Al-Malki, Sami Al-Najei, Abdullah Otayf, Nasser Al-Dawsari , Abdulrahman Al-Aboud, Salem Al-Dawsari, Hattan Bahebri

Forwards: Haitham Asiri, Saleh Al-Shehri, Firas Al-Buraikan

Poland:

Goalkeepers: Kamil Grabara, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny

Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Matty Cash, Kamil Glik, Robert Gumny, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Jakub Kiwior, Mateusz Wieteska, Nicola Zalewski

Midfielders: Krystian Bielik, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Kaminski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Michal Skoras, Damian Szymanski, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (C), Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Karol Swiderski

Group D

France:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (C), Alphonse Areola, Steve Mandanda

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Ibrahima Konate, Jules Kounde, Benjamin Pavard, William Saliba, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane, Axel Disasi

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Matteo Guendouzi, Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout

Forwards: Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Christopher Nkunku, Marcus Thuram

Australia:

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (C), Danny Vukovic, Andrew Redmayne

Defenders: Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Milos Degenek, Aziz Behich, Fran Karacic, Nathaniel Atkinson, Thomas Deng, Bailey Wright, Joel King, Keanu Baccus

Midfielders: Jackson Irvine, Aaron Mooy, Ajdin Hrustic, Riley McGree, Cameron Devlin

Forwards: Jamie Maclaren, Martin Boyle, Awer Mabil, Garang Kuol, Craig Goodwin, Mitchell Duke, Jason Cummings, Mat Leckie

Denmark:

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Oliver Christensen, Frederik Ronnow

Defenders: Simon Kjaer (C), Joachim Andersen, Joakim Maehle, Andreas Christensen, Rasmus Kristensen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Victor Nelsson, Daniel Wass, Alexander Bah

Midfielders: Thomas Delaney, Mathias Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Robert Skov, Christian Norgaard

Forwards: Andreas Skov Olsen, Jesper Lindstrom, Andreas Cornelius, Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg, Mikkel Damsgaard, Jonas Wind, Yussuf Poulsen

Tunisia:

Goalkeepers: Aymen Dahmen, Mouez Hassan, Bechir Ben Said, Aymen Mathlouthi

Defenders: Ali Abdi, Mohamed Drager, Ali Maaloul, Wajdi Kechrida, Nader Ghandri, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Ifa, Dylan Bronn, Montassar Talbi

Midfielders: Ellyes Skhiri, Ghaylen Chaalali, Aissa Laidouni, Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Ferjani Sassi, Hannibal Mejbri

Forwards: Youssef Msakni (C), Seifeddine Jaziri, Naim Sliti, Issam Jebali, Taha Yassine Khenissi, Anis Ben Slimane, Wahbi Khazri

Group E

Spain:

Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Eric Garcia, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Jose Gaya

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (C), Rodri, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Koke

Forwards: Ferran Torres, Nico Williams, Yeremi Pino, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati

Costa Rica:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Esteban Alvarado, Patrick Sequeira

Defenders: Francisco Calvo, Juan Pablo Vargas, Kendall Waston, Oscar Duarte, Daniel Chacon, Keysher Fuller, Carlos Martínez, Bryan Oviedo, Ronald Matarrita

Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Youstin Salas, Roan Wilson, Gerson Torres, Douglas Lopez, Jewison Bennette, Alvaro Zamora, Anthony Hernández, Brandon Aguilera, Bryan Ruiz (C)

Forwards: Joel Campbell, Anthony Contreras, Johan Venegas

Germany:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (C), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp

Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Matthias Ginter, Christian Gunter, Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule

Midfielders: Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Jonas Hofmann, Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gotze, Jamal Musiala, Julian Brandt

Forwards: Karim Adeyemi, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Moukoko, Thomas Muller, Niclas Fullkrug, Leroy Sane

Japan:

Goalkeepers: Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt, Eiji Kawashima

Defenders: Miki Yamane, Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida (C), Takehiro Tomiyasu, Shogo Taniguchi, Ko Itakura, Hiroki Ito, Yuto Nagatomo, Yuta Nakayama

Midfielders: Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita, Ao Tanaka, Gaku Shibasaki, Kaoru Mitoma, Daichi Kamada, Ritsu Doan, Junya Ito, Takumi Minamino, Takefusa Kubo, Yuki Soma

Forwards: Daizen Maeda, Takuma Asano, Ayase Ueda

Group F

Belgium:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Arthur Theate, Zeno Debast, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Timothy Castagne, Wout Faes

Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco, Leandro Trossard, Amadou Onana, Leander Dendoncker, Hans Vanaken, Thorgan Hazard

Forwards: Lois Openda, Eden Hazard (C), Dries Mertens, Charles De Ketelaere, Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku, Jeremy Doku

Canada:

Goalkeepers: James Pantemis, Milan Borjan, Dayne St. Clair

Defenders: Samuel Adekugbe, Joel Waterman, Alistair Johnston, Richie Laryea, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Derek Cornelius

Midfielders: Liam Fraser, Ismael Kone, Mark-Anthony Kaye, David Wotherspoon, Jonathan Osorio, Atiba Hutchinson (C), Stephen Eustaquio, Samuel Piette

Forwards: Tajon Buchanan, Liam Millar, Lucas Cavallini, Ike Ugbo, Junior Hoilett, Jonathan David, Cyle Larin, Alphonso Davies

Croatia:

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic, Ivica Ivusic, Ivo Grbic

Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanisic, Martin Erlic, Josip Sutalo

Midfielders: Luka Modric (C), Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakic, Luka Sucic

Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja

Morocco:

Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou, Munir El Kajoui, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti

Defenders: Nayef Aguerd, Yahia Attiat Allah, Badr Benoun, Achraf Dari, Jawad El Yamiq, Achraf Hakimi , Noussair Mazraoui, Romain Saiss (C)

Midfielders: Sofyan Amrabat, Selim Amallah, Bilal El Khannouss, Yahya Jabrane, Azzedine Ounahi, Abdelhamid Sabiri

Forwards: Zakaria Aboukhlal, Soufiane Boufal, Ilias Chair, Walid Cheddira, Youssef En-Nesyri, Abde Ezzalzouli, Abderrazak Hamdallah, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech

Group G

Brazil:

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Weverton.

Defenders: Dani Alves, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, Bremer, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (C)

Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes, Casemiro, Everton Ribeiro, Fabinho, Fred, Lucas Paqueta.

Forwards: Antony, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Neymar, Pedro, Raphinha, Richarlison, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr.

Serbia:

Goalkeepers: Marko Dmitrovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic

Defenders: Stefan Mitrovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic, Milos Veljkovic, Filip Mladenovic, Strahinja Erakovic, Srdjan Babic

Midfielders: Nemanja Gudelj, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Sasa Lukic, Marko Grujic, Filip Kostic, Uros Racic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Ivan Ilic, Andrija Zivkovic, Darko Lazovic

Forwards: Dusan Tadic (C), Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Filip Duricic, Luka Jovic , Nemanja Radonji

Cameroon:

Goalkeepers: Andre Onana, Devis Epassy, Simon Ngapandouetnbu

Defenders: Jean-Charles Castelletto, Enzo Ebosse, Collins Fai, Olivier Mbaizo, Nouhou Tolo, Nicolas Nkoulou, Christopher Wooh

Midfielders: Olivier Ntcham, Gael Ondoua, Martin Hongla, Pierre Kunde, Samuel Oum Gouet, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Jerome Ngom

Forwards: Nicolas Ngamaleu, Christian Bassogog, Bryan Mbeumo, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Jean-Pierre Nsame, Vincent Aboubakar (C), Karl Toko-Ekambi, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Souaibou Marou

Switzerland:

Goalkeepers: Gregor Kobel, Yann Sommer, Jonas Omlin, Philipp Kohn

Defenders: Manuel Akanji, Eray Comert, Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Silvan Widmer, Ricardo Rodriguez, Edimilson Fernandes

Midfielders: Michel Aebischer, Xherdan Shaqiri, Renato Steffen, Granit Xhaka (C), Denis Zakaria, Fabian Frei, Remo Freuler, Noah Okafor, Fabian Rieder, Ardon Jashari

Forwards: Breel Embolo, Ruben Vargas, Djibril Sow, Haris Seferovic, Christian Fassnacht

Group H

Portugal:

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, Rui Patricio, Jose Sa

Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Diogo Dalot, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Nuno Mendes, Pepe, Danilo Pereira, Antonio Silva

Midfielders: William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes, Otavio, Joao Palhinha, Bernardo Silva, Vitinha

Forwards: Joao Felix, Ricardo Horta, Rafael Leao, Goncalo Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo (C), Andre Silva

Ghana:

Goalkeepers: Manaf Nurudeen, Ibrahim Danland, Lawrence Ati-Zigi

Defenders: Tariq Lamptey, Denis Odoi, Mohammed Salisu, Gideon Mensah, Joseph Aidoo, Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Alidu Seidu

Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Elisha Owusu, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Andre Ayew (C), Mohammed Kudus, Salis Abdul Samed

Forwards: Abdul Issahaku, Jordan Ayew, Osman Bukari, Inaki Williams, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Antoine sem*nyo, Daniel Afriyie, Kamal Sowah

South Korea:

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-Gyu, Jo Hyeon-Woo, Song Bum-Keun

Defenders: Kim Min-Jae, Kim Young-Gwon, Kwon Kyung-Won, Cho Yu-Min, Kim Moon-Hwan, Yoon Jong-Gyu, Kim Tae-Hwan, Kim Jin-Su, Hong Chul

Midfielders: Jung Woo-Young, Son Jun-Ho, Paik Seung-Ho, Hwang In-Beom, Lee Jae-Sung, Kwon Chang-Hoon, Jeong Woo-Yeong, Lee Kang-In, Son Heung-Min (C), Hwang Hee-Chan, Na Sang-Ho, Song Min-Kyu.

Forwards: Hwang Ui-Jo, Cho Gue-Sung.

Uruguay:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Sergio Rochet, Sebastian Sosa

Defenders: Diego Godin (C), Jose Maria Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Martin Caceres, Ronald Araujo, Matias Vina, Mathias Olivera, Guillermo Varela, Jose Luis Rodriguez

Midfielders: Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde, Lucas Torreira, Manuel Ugarte, Facundo Pellistri, Nicolas De la Cruz, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Agustin Canobbio, Facundo Torres

Forwards: Darwin Nunez, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Maximiliano Gomez

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