Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

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France vs Belgium: Thierry Henry in dilemma – Football fans

But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind, and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup. Who will come out on top?

France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in 2006. Andres Cunha (Uruguay) will be the referee.

Just imagine if Gareth Southgate's men reach the final.

France conceded three in their round-of-16 tie against Argentina and their last meeting with Belgium, in 2015, ended in a 4-3 defeat - this fixture has a history of goals. As France captain, Deschamps won soccer's most prized trophy in 1998. France will need to show their maturity here.

In the end, Les Bleus managed to keep the Belgians at bay to claim a massive victory that sees them advance to Final, where they will face either Croatia or England.

France will be at full strength ahead of this game.

Belgium´s Thomas Meunier will miss the game after picking up a second yellow card but France will be buoyed by the return of defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi, after sitting out a suspension of his own.

Samuel Umtiti celebrated France's 1-0 lead. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off. "It's [meant so] much to me and the whole team!"

A photo of Belgian squad members and brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard and their younger brother Kylian (also a professional footballer) wearing France shirts during the 1998 World Cup has done the rounds on social media and Eden, one of Belgium's key men, admitted his loyalties were once divided.

Chances Galore as France, Belgium Look to Break Deadlock
The Stuttgart right-back not only made his 23-man squad but also started ahead of Djibril Sidibé. Belgium's side is blessed with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne , Eden Hazard , and Romelu Lukaku .


"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

Kylian Mbappe has proved to be one of the players of the tournament so far this summer.

This is not just any match; it is the semi finals of a world cup competition, where footballing countries dream of playing in. In his place expect Nacer Chadli or Yannick Carrasco in the midfield.

Friends and foes at the same time?

Marouane Fellaini started alongside Axel Witsel against Brazil last week.

Kompany looked shaken by Brazil's speed in the second half of the quarter-final, which will give Mbappe confidence.

One of the fans, Olukunmi Gideon, told NAN that Henry's situation was quite "dicey" as he has a hard decision to make on which team to support during the encounter because of his affiliation to both sides. An average score of well over 60 and a peak of 79 exhibits the consistency of his quality performance, with an average of four chances created a game complimented by a thunderbolt strike against Brazil.

Yet Mbappe's moment of magic was spotted by BBC World Cup pundits Rio Ferdinand, Pat Nevin and Danny Murphy. The attacker has been crucial to Belgium's run to the semi-finals, providing two goals and two assists for his side.

'Quite simply, I think Belgium is the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game, ' the 31-year-old Lloris said Monday.' They defend well. The former has already scored 2 goals and assisted 2 more, while the latter has been solid between the sticks.

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