Preview: France v Socceroos

France and Australia do battle in an international friendly at Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday October 12 at 6am AEDT.

The Socceroos may be coming up against one of the world's best teams for the second outing in a row, but they will be aiming to put in a much better showing as they continue their preparations for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Tommy Oar and David Carney said Australia had been working on keeping their shape and maintaining possession during training.

It was those basics which cost the Socceroos against Brazil and they will be punished should they fail in those areas again.

Brett Holman (quadriceps) and Tom Rogic (groin) have been withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Osieck may decide to give opportunities to fresher faces against France, or when his side face Canada in London on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEDT).

Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been left out of the squad and that opens up a position for either Mat Ryan (Club Brugge) or Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund).

Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough), Jason Davidson (Heracles) should get game time, as should Dario Vidosic (Sion) and possibly the likes of Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) and Mathew Leckie (Frankfurt).

France coach Didier Deschamps has named a strong squad but could have an eye on his team's World Cup qualifier against Finland on Tuesday.

The matches should provide striker Karim Benzema with yet another chance to break his international goal drought.

The Real Madrid striker last scored for his country in June last year and could finally be back on the scoresheet playing in front of the likes of Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri.

France are unlikely to finish top of their group in qualifying and can finish no lower than second - probably behind reigning world champions Spain.

France and Australia do battle in an international friendly at Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday October 12 at 6am AEDT.

Both Socceroo matches against France and Canada will be broadcast live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS.

Head-to-head: Played: 3, Wins: France 1, Australia 1, Draws: 1

Past five matches:

France: Belarus 2-4 France, World Cup qualifier, Gomel, September 10 2013 Georgia 0-0 France, World Cup qualifier, Tbilisi, September 6 2013 Belgium 0-0 France, Friendly, Brussels, August 14 2013 Brazil 3-0 France, Friendly, Porto Alegre, June 9 2013 Uruguay 1-0 France, Friendly, Montevideo, June 5 2013

Australia: Brazil 6-0 Australia, Friendly, Brasilia, September 7 2013 Australia 3-4 China, East Asian Cup, Seoul, July 28 2013 Japan 3-2 Australia, East Asian Cup, Hwaseong, July 25 2013 South Korea 0-0 Australia, East Asian Cup, Seoul, July 20 2013 Australia 1-0 Iraq, World Cup qualifier, Sydney, June 18 2013