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World Cup final starting XIs: Ángel Di María makes surprise start for Argentina

LUSAIL, Qatar - Ángel Di María is starting for Argentina in their World Cup final clash against France as coach Lionel Scaloni opted for a 4-3-3 formation on Sunday.

Di María, who has not started since the group phase and played only eight minutes in the quarterfinal victory against the Netherlands, is on the right flank of attack, with Lionel Messi set to become the player with most appearances at the World Cup finals (26).

France coach Didier Deschamps reverted to his preferred lineup after center back Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot shook off a virus that had ruled them out of the semifinal against Morocco.

Upamecano starts alongside Raphaël Varane after the Manchester United defender also recovered from a virus, while Olivier Giroud starts up front flanked by Kylian Mbappé on his left and Ousmane Dembélé on his right.

2022 World Cup Final Starting Lineups Confirmed

Argentina: Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Alexis Mac Allister; Ángel Di María, Julián Álvarez, Lionel Messi (captain)

France: Hugo Lloris (captain); Jules Koundé, Raphaël Varane, Dayot Upamecano, Theo Hernández; Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann; Ousmane Dembélé, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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