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France v Belgium: Mbappe misses training but Deschamps eases fears

France v Belgium: Mbappe misses training but Deschamps eases fears France v Belgium: Mbappe misses training but Deschamps eases fears
Noah Ferguson | 10 July, 2018, 20:28

It all means Deschamps and his support staff will have being doing some second-guessing about how Belgium's attacking players will approach Tuesday's challenge, motivated by the lure of a first World Cup final.

The other semi-final pits England (No. 12) against a beat up team from Croatia (No. 20). When he managed in England he always stuck to his principles of free-flowing play, even if the players at his disposal were not ideally suited to it. Belgium have the players he needs to follow his philosophy.

France and Belgium will face each other on July 10 in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match.

But if Belgium wins it will be Henry who will profit in his role as an assistant coach to manager Roberto Martinez. The current French squad is inevitably compared to the class of 1998, which won their sole World Cup title in their own backyard.

Now it is his job to help halt the run of his home nation.

What has Thierry Henry said about facing France?

"He is first and foremost French".

On Monday, meanwhile, Belgium's Kevin de Bruyne was asked cheekily if he thought Henry might sing the French national anthem on Wednesday night. But this is a hard situation, it is not easy for him'.

The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, starts at 9 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m.

Lukaku led the counter-attack which led to Belgium's second goal against Brazil in the quarter-final and also set up their victor against Japan in the second round with an astute, unselfish dummy.

Recent history is also on the side of the Red Devils: they triumphed 4-3 in the last meeting between the two teams, which took place on June 7, 2015, at the Stade de France.

France are favourites due to their mix of youth and experience allied to tournament nous after they reached the Euro 2016 final.

In France's World Cup opener against Australia, he let a long shot go past him and watched in relief as it hit the crossbar. "It is true that it is unusual to have him against us for this match". Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, and Jesse Lingard rotated possession neatly in the Sweden half, cleverly sucking the opposition to one side of the pitch before quickly switching the play for one of the wing-backs to dart into space and cross.

That match was during the World Cup in Mexico and was a third place playoff after both sides had been knocked out at the Semi-Final stage.

Captain Harry Kane is leading England´s charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot. Antoine Griezmann finally got going in his last match and picked up his first goal from open play, while Kylian Mbappe has been electric thus far.

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 have great players, individual talents who can decide the game in one moment".

Striker Olivier Giroud will keep his starting spot despite not registering a shot on target at this World Cup.

Croatia could well be battling fatigue and injuries after a strength-sapping penalty shootout to edge out host nation Russian Federation on Saturday.

Croatia excluded former global Ognjen Vukojevic from their delegation on Monday for posting a pro-Ukraine video clip following the win over Russian Federation.

Defender Domagoj Vida escaped with just a warning from Federation Internationale de Football Association, which bans political statements, for also appearing in the video and shouting "Glory to Ukraine!"

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