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France up against New Caledonia, Japan to face Honduras in Group E

Guwahati: France will look to replicate their European Championships success on the global stage as they kick off their campaign in the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a game against debutants New Caledonia on Sunday. France are not among the more successful teams in the tournament, but will draw confidence from their showings in the Euro U-17, in which they reached the quarter-finals. France and Japan are favourites to qualify for the knockouts from Group E. Meanwhile, Asian giants Japan will eye a positive start when they lock horns with Honduras here. The Japanese, who have reached the quarter-finals in 1993, when they hosted the tournament, will take it one match at a time and are not thinking beyond their tournament opener at the moment. In the 2011 edition, they created a flutter by topping a group that included world football heavyweights Argentina, France and Jamaica on their way to the quarter-finals.
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