We'll show Thierry Henry he picked the wrong side

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight worldwide friendlies since. The European neighbors meet in St. Petersburg to decide who will meet either England or Croatia in the final.

De Bruyne says that wherever he plays, his mind-set remains essentially the same. "We've been confident from the start and we're not asking any questions of ourselves".

Henry goes up against former France team-mate Didier Deschamps, the 1998 World Cup-winning captain.

"He motivates the troops with strong words", Pavard said. "When I was working with Drogba [at Chelsea] I used to compete with him".

Much was made about France's lack of depth in full-back positions, but Lucas Hernandez has proved a solid addition to the squad.

Chadli is the only player from West Brom involved on Tuesday after a season in which they were relegated, but he hardly played because of recurring thigh injuries. France have the personnel to take this game wide open, especially with Belgium being sloppy on the defensive end at times.

World Cup favourites France are targeting the final in Russian Federation two decades after their 1998 triumph with one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, plotting their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium. "He's given the team the desire to attack", said French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.

Martinez's tactics have stood out, too.

The teams have met a staggering 73 times in their 114-year rivalry, with Belgium ahead on 30 wins to France's 24, and the teams playing out 19 draws.

Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante will not allow that.

Mbappe has been one of the stars of the 2018 World Cup.

The French then showed their steel in the 2-0 disposal of Luis Suarez and Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

Courtois entered the tournament as one of the top goalkeepers and has enhanced reputation with an outstanding quarterfinal performance against Brazil. "For my part I have three Tottenham teammates", Lloris said. "The best is Hugo".

Lloris added: "Belgium are a very exhaustive team ... one that can attack and defend". The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez may revert to a classic 4-4-2 formation, Fifa.com reports.

The complete footballer, Kevin De Bruyne has again showcased his talents this summer, constantly performing and being central to all the good Belgium have achieved. Hazard runs at pace and cuts inside.

Les Bleus' 2010 World Cup debacle can easily be taken as the low point that shook their foundations and led them into an era of relative success, although it is anything but. It also gives Antoine Griezmann space to roam.

Despite Kane's impressive tally, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England's danger man in their semi-final. "It's my unselfish side". Belgium was 2-0 down against Japan in the last 16 and looking like it would crash out in similar circumstances to its shock loss to Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. But perhaps he is getting somewhere: France have come through some tricky games to reach this stage and has found a system that works. Andres Cunha (Uruguay) will be the referee.