France coach Deschamps: Giroud so critical to our system

Florence Fletcher
July 11, 2018

De Bruyne's team-mate Eden Hazard also heaped praise on Mbappe, who became the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup knockout match with his brace against Argentina in the last 16.

France coach Didier Deschamps doesn't view Tuesday's World Cup semifinal against Belgium as the chance for footballing revenge, but as an opportunity for his players to take another step towards fulfilling their full potential.

As neighbours France and Belgium take on each other in the first semi-final of the Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg in Russian Federation on Tuesday, July 10, the media is busy painting the rivalry as between two famous comic characters - Asterix and Tintin.

Courtois boasts two clean sheets from five matches in Russian Federation while Lloris has two in four.

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French football authorities are more than welcome to utilise Henry's expertise once his contract with Belgium comes to an end.

"I would be delighted if I can prove to Thierry Henry that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud added.

I have scored a few goals against him in training with Chelsea and I hope I can do it on Tuesday. Tottenham's Mousa Dembele, a central midfielder by trade, comes in and could deputise on the flank or see Kevin De Bruyne pushed wide in an attacking set-up from Martinez. "I've got my part to play".

The French drew one group game (against Denmark), but their World Cup has been one of constant progression built around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, central defenders Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti and midfielders, N'golo Kante and Paul Pogba. My job's to be good on the pitch, to help my team.

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