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France's Deschamps to make decision on Arsenal's Giroud, Real Madrid's Benzema for Australia clash

France manager Didier Deschamps has yet to make a decision on who will start up front for his side in Friday's international friendly with Australia.

The Les Bleus host the Socceroos at Parc des Princes in Paris in preparation for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Finland and the boss is happy having two quality centre-forwards to choose from in Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

"Karim started a lot of games before. He didn't start the last game. One of them will start," Deschamps said.

"I believed in Karim, I still believe in him, and in Olivier. One can replace the other."

Deschamps also suggested he could field a fringe line-up for the Socceroos meeting: "Yes, why not? It's obviously better for them to play well (against Australia) and on Tuesday.

"I have the chance to make six changes in the first match, and give people a game.

"It will come into my mind when I make my choices. Of the 23, most of them will get to play. They won't be two identical teams, but I'm not going to make 11 changes (for Finland), either. You still have to keep the spine of the team."

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