Thierry Henry's 'heart will be split' by World Cup semifinal

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts as he arrives for a press conference at the press centre in Istra west of Moscow

Thierry Henry's 'heart will be split' by World Cup semifinal

They defend well. They know how to attack well. "They're good in the air and on the ground". Lukaku is on four goals and France's Griezmann and Mbappe have three each.

Belgium can call upon the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, while Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have shone for France in Russian Federation.

"He is lucky to be with a team with a fine generation of players".

"We played together as team-mates and he was much younger and I was at the end of my career". We know it will be a tough match. Several players on both sides share dressing rooms at their clubs and tomorrow they will be playing against each other.

'Nobody is out, even though we rested some of our players as a precautionary measure, ' the France boss said. "There will be a lot of great players on the pitch".

Gareth Southgate's men will nearly certainly have to work harder against Croatia than they have done so far in the tournament, but their momentum will take some stopping.

Instead he's sad that Brazil, one of the pre-tournament favorites, didn't go all the way to the final as they aimed to win a sixth World Cup title.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said. Victory against France - a team against whom they have historically, and somewhat surprisingly, enjoyed an upper hand; of their 73 games Belgium have won 30 to France's 24 - will only add to their growing legend. He is on the bench and facing his home nation. I have worked with my staff for 12 years but we did not have an experience of how to win the World Cup.

Another goal-scoring French defender who makes the cut is Real Madrid's Raphael Varane. "He's imposing himself more and more".

Despite Kane's impressive tally, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England's danger man in their semi-final. "On a personal note it is with great pleasure that I am going to see him again".

It promises to be a fascinating encounter as France & Belgium battle it out for a place in the final of the World Cup. The team is supplemented by 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe and a pair of inexperienced attacking fullbacks in Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez.

Olivier Giroud was put in a tricky situation this week when he was asked who was the better goalkeeper: Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois or France teammate Hugo Lloris?

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

"When you go to a club overseas and play against one from your own country, you are part of the enemy", said the France manager.

Lloris hailed Belgium as the World Cup's most "complete" team and emphasised the need for a team effort to defeat Les Diables Rouges.

"Our trainings sessions are filmed by a drone after we took an extra video analyst to Russian Federation". In terms of the qualities of the individual personnel, it's no contest: N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi would be better than most midfield trios you could care to name, but might Belgium have a more effective unit?

De Bruyne says that wherever he plays, his mind-set remains essentially the same. It's not just his work rate, not just his tackling.

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