French great Thierry Henry could hurt France's pride tonight

France’s “Children of 1998” are united by belief

France’s “Children of 1998” are united by belief

France will go into their World Cup semi-final against neighbors Belgium with a "hunger to win" and a desire to show their 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry that he picked the wrong side, forward Olivier Giroud said on Sunday.

Ferdinand and fellow BBC pundits Alan Shearer and Jurgen Klinsmann were analysing Mbappe's performance so far in the World Cup. They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team.

"France were one of the favourites before the World Cup and I think the game will be tougher than against Brazil due to their individual quality", he said.

Kevin De Bruyne admits he hadn't even heard of Kylian Mbappe just 16 months ago as he prepares to face France's star striker in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final.

After ousting Brazil in the semis, Belgium go into their match up against France high in confidence.

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Mbappe has scored three goals so far at the World Cup.

And Lloris said at a pre-match press conference streamed on FIFA's official website: "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything".

Former champions France kicked out teams like Argentina and Uruguay in the knock-out stages whereas Belgium won an exciting game against Japan after trailing 0-2 and then booted out five-time champions Brazil in the quarters to make their second World Cup semifinal after 1986. Pele hit a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament and is the last player under 20 to score in the final four. I don't resent him.

Fernandinho put into his own net after just 13 minutes before De Bruyne struck home into the bottom corner from the edge of the box past Alisson on 31 minutes.

"I am motivated to speak with the youngest in the squad".

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