World Cup 2018: Ronaldo, Salah and Spain enter the fray – live!

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Kick-off for Australia’s Group C opener, against France, is just 24 hours away, yet the identity of Bert van Marwijk’s starting XI remains cloudy. There’s a 2/3-way battle for the No9 position, involving Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren and Tomi Juric. Mark Milligan and Matthew Jurman are vying to partner Trent Sainsbury at the back and captain Mile Jedinak’s inclusion is far from a foregone conclusion. Then there’s the wildcard Daniel Arzani, this tournament’s youngest player, who has also forced his way into the mix. Our experts have had their say:

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Here’s today’s back page, with the news that Harry Maguire is set to take to the field for England’s opening game, along with Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young. Not so lucky are Gary Cahill, Eric Dier and Danny Rose who will have to make do with a place on the bench in Volgograd.

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Written by Mike Hytner
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