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How to Watch France-Belgium World Cup Semi Final 2018

10 July 2018, 09:42 | Myron Mathis

Henry giving out orders. Image PA

Henry giving out orders. Image PA

However, while both enjoyed fine moments as United finished second in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final, 2017-18 was not without its issues for Lukaku, Pogba and the club as a whole.

Henry's old worldwide colleague Didier Deschamps has not won over everybody in his time as France coach, as he continues to favour a cautious approach despite being able to call on some of the finest attacking talents in world football. They defend well. They know how to attack well. The best team doesn't always win. Then there's the heading ability of its defenders Jan Vertonghen and Vincent Kompany, and of midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Mbappe was lethal in France's 4-3 Round of 16 win over Argentina, using his pace to devastating effect, but Martinez said his side would not make the mistake of focusing exclusively on one player. In the four years since, Kante has nearly appeared out of nowhere to win two Premier League titles, finish second at Euro 2016 and become the heartbeat of the current French team. For the longest time, the golden generation may have underperformed, but Belgium now look to be coming back into their elements and they've been fantastic so far, especially when they were tested by Japan - we could see the fighting spirit. "It is true that it is odd to have him against us for this match".

"The players have been working together extraordinarily well for many years, and they deserve to be exactly where they are today", Martinez told ESPN FC.

"I was in a negative spiral all season at West Brom", he said.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez set up his side brilliantly against Brazil, and I'm sure he will replicate that and come up with a plan to stop Mbappe, and for that matter Antoine Griezmann. "I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous".

"We're going to face one of the best attacking teams", Lloris said. "For him tomorrow it could be a bit hard, but he works for Belgium now, he wants us to win".

"France-England final - that's what I'm going with".

Belgium have undeniably been the standout side in the tournament, scoring a total of 14 goals in five matches.

"We played together as team-mates and he was much younger and I was at the end of my career. He's becoming more and more aggressive in his tackling, and it's great to count on him".

Deschamps, captain of the national team that won their own World Cup with Henry in it 20 years ago, has previously called his former team-mate's decision "bizarre". Probably. Their team is geared forward.

There will be a "hunger to win" and a desire to show Henry that he picked the wrong side, France forward Olivier Giroud said.

"It still hurts because we missed out on something exceptional in becoming European champions".

Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps is confident he has prepared his players for any tactical surprises his opposite number Martinez might spring. He is also among the only two French players to have played every minute of this World Cup so far. "We have to do everything we can to take it".

N'golo Kante's role in central midfield may not grab the most headlines.

"N'Golo is an essential player".

Chadli's work rate and defensive discipline was another important facet in Belgium's victory. To say Kante has a measure of Belgium's attacking riches will be stating the obvious; to add to that, he is also teammates with Hazard at Chelsea. "That's why we hardly saw Messi".

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