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Henry at a Belgium training session. Image PA

Henry at a Belgium training session. Image PA

"He is very good in this World Cup with a good defence in front of him", Giroud said in a pre match press conference.

Harry Kane would have to be more clinical in front of goal in order to add to his tally of six goals and possibly emerge as the victor of the famed Golden Boot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Whether they support Les Bleus to the south or the Red Devils to the north, the residents will apparently have to cheer their teams without the giant screen they have enjoyed during the rest of the competition, for security reasons. But, qualification to the knockout rounds seems to have turned on a switch.

Lloris said: "The Belgium team is the most complete in the tournament". The Red Devils were largely untroubled in the group stage.

In their quarter-final encounter against Brazil, Belgium were imperious. It was the era of golden goal extra time and Zidane displayed nerves of steel to down Portugal from the penalty spot in the semi-final.

"With Brazil now out of the World Cup, Belgium is at the top of our probability table", Goldman's analysts wrote. And there is clearly a sense of apprehension from his former 1998 team-mate, Didier Deschamps.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is available for selection after missing the victory against Uruguay because of suspension.

At 4-1 up and with only minutes remaining, the visitors looked to be in complete control but Nabil Fekir scored his first worldwide goal in the dying minutes when he fired past Thibaut Courtois and Dimitri Payet added an injury-time third for the battling French.

Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there's potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbours meet in the World Cup semifinals.

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At the back, Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti have finally grown accustomed to their partnership, while Lucas Hernandez has been the most consistent defender. But, the star man has been Benjamin Pavard, who will look to keep an in-form Eden Hazard quiet on Tuesday.

The returning Carrasco should start on the left flank, with Chadli being deployed on the opposite flank.

As Brazil's World Cup dream died in Kazan, the display produced by one of their tormentors might have persuaded Selecao fans it was 2006 all over again. His passing accuracy, two halves combined, is 90 per cent. Hazard, on the other hand, is Belgium's X-factor.

"Maybe he'll sing La Marseillaise, which I would find normal", said De Bruyne.

The country is caught up in England World Cup fever at the moment, but there is another huge match before the Three Lions' semi-final as Belgium take on France on Tuesday night. Then last week, it predicted a Brazilian victory, only this time against Croatia. The win will not only confirm France's place in the Final, but it also show that the team is ready to become the world powerhouse everyone expects them to be sooner than later.

Hazard has equally been pivotal to Belgium's success so far, scoring two and providing two assists.

The last time Belgium lost a match was in August, 2016.

A player who wasn't really in Roberto Martinez's plans as a starter for the World Cup.

De Bruyne is one of the most astute passers of the ball in the game, and one of its best long-range marksmen. France will need to show their maturity here.

"It's been a few years now that he said certain things in the media, before going back on his words or at least changing them", Giroud said. If they play at their best and similar to what they did against Brazil, then Belium have a decent chance of reaching the country's first FIFA World Cup final in the nation's history.

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