Henry faces loyalty test: France icon is Belgium's secret weapon

France vs Belgium Preview: Probable Lineups, Prediction, Tactics, Team News & Key Stats

Previously, as a TV pundit, Henry suggested that Giroud was not good enough, saying in 2015 that Arsenal could not win the English Premier League with him in attack and needed "a top, top-quality striker". Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him.

"When you face your old team you are part of the enemy team but this time it is notch higher".

"But he did know that, from the time he was joining the management team and becoming assistant to Martinez, that could happen. However, the coach told us that we have to stay in two areas, Romelu Lukaku on the right and I on the left, and we shouldn't go back to the defense". Brazil attack constantly; when it comes to defence, their structure is not always at its best; this has allowed us to play such an excellent match, especially on the counter-attacks. The peculiarity is there are many players on my team who have their own club team-mates facing them. So they know each other. It's an advantage to both teams. Normally, the No. 3 member of anyone's coaching staff is known only to people who probably need either a second job or a first one, and could walk many a street unrecognized.

Lukaku pointed out Pogba's skill, vision and the way he commands the game - "I'm skilful, but with his skill he can get out of tight spaces and if I could have that then I could score 10 to 15 goals more" - and fans hoped the duo would combine frequently under Jose Mourinho. Portugal exorcised their years of Zidane-inflicted misery with a shock final win at the Stade de France, the scene of Les Bleus' finest hour 18 years earlier. His passing accuracy, two halves combined, is 90 per cent. Hazard, on the other hand, is Belgium's X-factor.

Belgium has the edge as it has won 30 of the 73 matches between the two sides, compared with 24 for France.

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".

It feels faintly absurd to favourably compare a midfield diamond featuring Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli with France's but the objective of that set-up is to get the best from their more accomplished players.

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Dynamo Moscow's Mathieu Valbuena scored for the home side from the penalty spot on 53 minutes, just before Chelsea's Hazard slotted home from a penalty moments later.

It remains to be seen whether Martinez repeats that ploy against the French. Thibaut Courtois will be crucial as well, with his shot stopping abilities, something that frustrated Brazil to no end last week.

Belgium lead World Cup 2018 in goals through the quarterfinals with 14, but don't expect the Red Devils to run wild against the well-balanced France team.

With the 2018 World Cup semifinals taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, the focus is switching to where each of the games will be won and lost.

They will also have the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann.

To get to the semi-finals, Croatia had to play through two grueling penalty shootouts against Denmark and host Russian Federation, and the Vatreni look poised for their showdown against the Three Lions of England on Wednesday in Moscow.

There will also be an official news conference at the Luzhniki Stadium where we will hear from manager Gareth Southgate and a player.

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