Fearless France ready to show Belgium's Henry he picked wrong side

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

In five games, Giroud hasn't scored a goal - heck, he doesn't even have a shot on goal - but his presence is considered a big factor in France's success in Russian Federation, where it is unbeaten with four wins and a tie. I try and force myself to speak up.

"It's alright being quick, we've all come across players that are really, really quick".

The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France's all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country's downfall at the World Cup in Russian Federation has not been lost on his former teammate Didier Deschamps, who calls it a weird situation.

"I would've preferred him to be with us, for him to give me and the other French attackers advice, but I am not jealous".

"If you beat Brazil you should not be frightened by anyone", Chadli told reporters.

"The fight against Japan was already a turning point, after a 2-0 deficit and still winning within 90 minutes".

"There is a good connection between him and Paul Pogba, whenever the Manchester United man gets the ball, Mbappe is on his bike".

"His presence, his World Cup experience, it is all a very positive influence", said defender Toby Alderweireld before the start of the tournament.

Yes, both forwards have played crucial roles in their team's World Cup campaign, both scoring 3 goals in the tournament to date, but there are players such as Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Lemar who have similar traits and could easily have chipped in with goals had they been playing regulalry. Pele scored a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament, the last teen to score in the last four of the competition.

But Belgium are counting on stars of their own like Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

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