An interesting group from which multiple teams have a chance to grow through.
The Euro finalists from two years ago enter the tournament as heavy favourites with a stand out squad of players to choose from. France have taken part in 14 World Cups having won the competition in 1998. Their first World Cup came in 1930.
Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG)
Defenders – Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibé (Monaco), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
Midfielders – Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla)
Forwards – Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
Manager – Didier Deschamps
Most Caps – Hugo Lloris (98)
Captain – Hugo Lloris
Star Player – Antoine Griezmann
France have a stunning squad of players with stars in every area of the pitch, but as in Euro 2016 the pick of the bunch has to be Antoine Griezmann. France have won two of their three friendlies leading up to the World Cup and are raring to go. If the stars can gel on the pitch then France will be up their as favourites to reach the final.
Australia have participated in four World Cups till now, their highest finish in the competition came in 2006 when they made it to the round of 16. Their first World Cup was the one in 1974.
Goalkeepers – Mathew Ryan (Brighton), Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Danny Vukovic (Genk)
Defenders – Milos Degenek (Yokohoma F. Marinos), James Meredith (Millwall), Mark Milligan (Al-Ahli), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Bluewings), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers)
Midfielders – Massimo Luongo (QPR), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Tom Rogic (Celtic)
Forwards – Tim Cahill (Millwall), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Robbie Kruse (VFL Bochum), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian), Daniel Arzani (Melbourne city), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets)
Manager – Bert Van Marwijk
Most Caps – Tim Cahill (106)
Captain – Mile Jedinak
Star Player – Tim Cahill
With the exception of France, if a Australia put in decent performances then they could reach the round of 16. The experience and goals of Tim Cahill will be key, while they will need to be solid at the back. Australia played two friendlies in preparation for the World Cup managing to win both of them. Australia could make it to the round of 16 but a reaching farther might be a step too far.
Peru are participating in their first World Cup since 1982, they have played four in total having reached the Quarter-finals in 1970, and 1978. Their first World Cup came in 1930.
Goalkeepers – Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Cáceda (Deportivo Municipal), José Carvallo (UTC)
Defenders – Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Luis Advincula (Lobos BUAP), Nilson Loyola (Melgar)
Midfielders – Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria), Chrisitan Cueva (Sao Paulo), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Pedro Aquino (Lobos BUAP)
Forwards – Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), André Carrillo (Watford), Edison Flores (AaB)
Manager – Ricardo Gareca
Most Caps – Paolo Guerrero (88)
Captain – Paolo Guerrero
Star Player – Paolo Guerrero
Peru have made it to their first World Cup in 36 years, and they are in a group that could potentially see them make the round of 16. Peru played three friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, winning two and drawing one. Their forward line is where they thrive with players like Guerrero and Farfan providing experience and great attacking threat. Peru could be the dark horses of the group and if they were to reach the round of 16, a favourable draw could see them move farther in the competition.
Denmark last world cup came in 2010, while their first came in 1986. They have participated in four World Cups in total and managed to reach the Quarter-finals in 1998.
Goalkeepers – Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield), Frederik Rønnow (Brondby)
Defenders – Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese)
Midfielders – Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Lasse Schone (Ajax)
Forwards – Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Viktor Fischer (Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Andreas Cornelius (Atlanta), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo)
Manager – Age Hareide
Most Caps – William Kvist (80)
Captain – Simon Kjaer
Star Player – Christian Eriksen
Denmark had to participate in a playoff against Ireland to reach Russia, and they destroyed the Irish 5-1 on aggregate with Christian Eriksen scoring a hattrick on the way. Denmark played two friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, winning one and drawing the other. On paper they are sure favourites to reach the round of 16 along with France but Peru and Australia will not be push overs. Denmark are the most likely of the remaining three to qualify along with France, and if Denmark do make it out of the group they could reach farther in the competition.