The Socceroos will start their 2018 World Cup campaign against former champions and tournament fancies France, with group matches to follow against Denmark and Peru.
France are the most formidable opponents.
Socceroos (pictured) will start their 2018 World Cup campaign against former champions
Australia will face the French team (pictured: Les Blues) who are ranked as one of the 2018 favourites
Les Bleus are ranked as one of the favourites in 2018 – behind only Germany and Brazil – and were responsible for knocking out heavyweights the Netherlands in qualifying.
But the Socceroos will rate their chances of progressing past both Peru (world No.11) and Denmark (12) given their struggles to reach Russia.
Denmark finished second in their European group behind Poland, losing to minnows Montenegro at home.
They eventually qualified with a play-off win over Ireland.
Peru finished fifth out of 10 teams in South American qualifying, defeating New Zealand in a play-off to book their place at a first World Cup since 1982.
Sports commentators say the pool is better fitted this time around than four years ago in Brazil when Australia was up against Netherlands, Chile and Spain
Australia, without a coach after Ange Postecoglou’s resignation last week, needed two play-offs of their own to progress to a fourth-straight tournament.
But they will be buoyed by the draw, which is more manageable than their task four years ago: heavyweights Chile, 2010 finalists the Netherlands and Spain, the team who beat the Dutch to lift the trophy in South Africa.
French coach Didier Deschamps was inclined to agree, saying the draw ‘could have been worse’.
The Socceroos will also try their luck up against top 12 teams Peru and Denmark (pictured)
Several Socceroos took to Twitter to respond, using flexed muscle emojis to show their readiness to fight.
The top two nations in the four-team group qualify for the round of 16.
The draw will also please the Socceroos’ backroom crew, given the opening game match against France is in Australia’s training base of Kazan.
The Socceroos can also draw upon memories of a win against France.
A number of football fans took to social media to share their thoughts about Australia’s competition
The top two nations in the four-team group qualify for the round of 16 with some believing it will take hard work to get through
One social media user was disappointed to have been drawn into the same group as France
Others were less worried believing that the challenge makes up the fierce competition
Under coach Frank Farina, Clayton Zane scored the only goal of the game against the then-world champions at the 2001 Confederations Cup.
The last meeting went less well, particularly for then Socceroos coach Holger Osieck.