All eyes on World Cup semis

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Thomas Vermaelen picked out Kylian Mbappe as the major threat to Belgium's chances of making their first appearance at a World Cup final, saying the 19-year-old forward can "decide every match in a flash".

Midfielder of the national team of Belgium on football Kevin de Bruyne spoke about the team's mood before the match 1/2 finals of the 2018 world Cup against team France.

"It's freaky because he's French and will be on the opponent's bench", Deschamps said on Sunday on the French sports show Telefoot.

The tweaks worked a treat as Belgium neutralised Brazil's midfield while allowing Lukaku and Eden Hazard to get beyond their full backs.

"When I watch him dribble, he's thinking", Henry, who is now Belgium's assistant coach, said in an interview with French TV channel Canal+. He stated he enjoyed the position but is willing to play anywhere in order to win the World Cup. He was a runner-up in 2006 and also competed in 2002 and 2010.

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They last met in a friendly in 2015 and a number of Belgian and French players are team mates at club level.

"Thierry Henry brings that as an ex-footballer of elite thoughts". He tells us stories from his playing days and they inspire us.

"Now we want to continue until the end".

The Red Devils overcame the tournament favourites 2-1 on Friday in Kazan, thanks to an own-goal from Fernandinho and a fierce strike from Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne. We often speak of a player and say, "He's fast, he's tough, he jumps high", but we never speak about a player's brain.

Chelsea and Les Blues striker Giroud has admitted that while he has massive respect for France legend Henry, but he also revealed that he will be eager to get one over on Henry when the two continental neighbours face off in the Saint Petersburg Stadium. We were all happy, all hugging. Yet, for all that Titi has given Belgium-including a "taste for the attack", in the words of French Football Federation president Noël Le Graët-France and Deschamps retain an advantage: the children of 1998. Asked what Macron, who had been in the stands, said, he replied: "He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the Cup". "It is an opportunity, nearly to try and improve on what we did against Brazil", he said.