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".

Croatia sack staff member Ognjen Vukojevic over 'glory to Ukraine' message
Both Vukojevic and the 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev. Croatia play England in the semifinals in Moscow on Wednesday.

Fernando Hierro steps down as Spain manager after four games in charge
Belgium gaffer Roberto Martinez was tipped to manage his country having guided the Red Devils to the World Cup semi-finals. Molina, 47, is a former Spanish national goalkeeper and also played for Atletico Madrid and Deportivo de la Coruna.

Trump says China derailing North Korea talks
The statement included a personal appeal to the U.S. president: "We still cherish our good faith in President Trump", it said. Speaking privately, United States officials suggested the harshly-worded North Korean reaction was a negotiating tactic.

"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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