African players in France's World Cup team

Giroud Labels LIoris Better Goalkeeper Than Courtois As France Belgium Head For World Cup Semis Clash

Retired French striker Henry is now a member of the Belgium coaching staff.

France attacker Kylian Mbappe will be fit to take his place in the starting XI for his country when they tackle Belgium in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final, despite missing Monday's training session.

MOSCOW, July 9 ― Belgium will be deeply disappointed if they fail to win the World Cup, defender Thomas Vermaelen said yesterday, in the first direct acknowledgement of the team's belief in their ability to emerge triumphant in Russian Federation.

"Obviously, I'll be very proud to show Thierry Henry that he's chosen the wrong camp", Giroud said ahead of Tuesday's semi-final in Saint Petersburg.

"He is useful in attack but also, because of his game, in defence too".

The forward has been criticized by Henry in the past, but he said there were no hard feelings - just his hunger to win. "They don't use it much".

"They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team".

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"I'm not jealous. There's a lot of mutual respect".

- Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six knockout-stage matches in major tournaments, beginning with his Golden Boot-clinching displays at Euro 2016.

In 2002, the team lost to Senegal in the opening match.

"There is a big rivalry between France and Belgium, it is kind of a derby", he added.

Harlington Shereni, who spent more than a decade plying his trade in the French topflight league, is among those that will be routing behind les bleus.

"It is true that for Hugo Lloris, myself, N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba it will be a special game".

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