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Thierry Henry's 'heart will be split' by World Cup semifinal

Thierry Henry's 'heart will be split' by World Cup semifinal”

"But if they [Belgium] play their style of football they can play the role of the capable underdog and beat the mighty French team and book a spot in the final".

The team has yet to make a mark on a major tournament, but beating Brazil to reach the semi-finals will have instilled belief they can win the biggest prize of all.

The victor will face either Croatia or England, who play on Wednesday, in Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Belgium offers multiple threats, including the speed and trickery of forward Eden Hazard and the strength and finishing of striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four goals in Russian Federation.

Alex Keble picks out key tactical battles from the two World Cup semi-finals, predicting goals galore in Belgium v France and England to reach the final.

Thierry Henry has never been slow coming forward - on or off the field - but the odd thing is that he has only ever given one interview in his role as what the Belgian FA call "the second assistant" to manager Roberto Martinez.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back to his best in the World Cup quarterfinals, and he's going to need to be just as good when his team takes on Belgium in the semifinals on Tuesday. "But tomorrow, as a professional, he will be channeling all his passion into the Belgian team".

Kevin De Bruyne and the aforementioned Kante sit in midfield.

"Maybe he'll sing La Marseillaise, which I would find normal", said De Bruyne. Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him.

The game kicks off at 2 p.m. EST. Granted, a brace against Tunisia meant Hazard was more effective in front of goal in Belgium's 5-2 win over the African outfit, but the 27-year-old's display against the pre-tournament favourites was arguably the better considering the quality of opposition in the quarter-final meeting.

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

France are favourites due to their mix of youth and experience allied to tournament nous after they reached the Euro 2016 final. On the other side is France, a world soccer titan vying for its third finals appearance in the last six World Cups. Also Belgium, and I knew England with the team they have there was no doubt they were going to go far too.

"We're not scared of anyone", Pavard said.

"To play without fear would probably be the one thing which would help us the most".

What's certain is that with one more win Les Bleus are back in the World Cup final for the first time in a dozen years.

However, they say they will have no objection if the Centre Court crowd want to take sneak peeks of the action from Moscow on their phones.

French target man Olivier Giroud has played big at this tournament, knocking down balls and holding off defenders while allowing the players around him to shine. Harry Maguire's brilliant aerial performances so far this tournament, culminating in him winning 22 headers against Sweden and Colombia, would suggest Jordan Pickford's goal won't be regularly troubled.

To do so, though, he must prevent France's own talented crop of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann from following in Zidane's footsteps in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

'This time it is much higher.

In a World Cup which has not exactly witnessed the most free-flowing of games, France hold the edge in this regard with Belgium preferring to play an expansive style.

From 32 nations at the World Cup, four remain.



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