Giroud hopes 'living legend' Henry manages France some day

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

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

All eyes will be on a potential thriller which will see 1998 World Cup champions France locking horns with Belgium at the Krestovsky stadium.

Both teams boast a rich assembly of match-winning players-Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard for Belgium and Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe for the French-but have also shown a strength of character that adds to their tournament-winning credentials. To get the latest soccer news, text "SPORTS" to 22840. He was a runner-up in 2006 and also competed in 2002 and 2010.

"It's a unique opportunity for all the team, for all of Belgium, for all the hard work that has been done, not just in the past two years but the last 10 to 15 years developing these young players". "For us he was as important against Panama and Tunisia as he was against Brazil". If he says something, it is always turns out to be something helpful. We often speak of a player and say, "He's fast, he's tough, he jumps high", but we never speak about a player's brain. "His presence, his World Cup experience, it is all a very positive influence", said defender Toby Alderweireld before the start of the tournament.

"Now we want to continue until the end. In other competitions if you lose one day you can still make a comeback a couple of days later, but here it is different, we know we are out if we don't win".

Belgium's forwards are receiving similarly sage words from France great Thierry Henry, who is a key member of Roberto Martinez's backroom team.

At this point in the competition, every team needs to be at their best if they are to bring the trophy home (or football in England's case).

Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "Bravo, Red Devils, for your performances and for having thrilled us all the way to the semi-finals".

But she said, this was Belgium, where the beer flows well and people look out for each other: "Among us Belgians, we support each other massively".

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