France And Belgium World Cup Combined XI Is Pure Fire Emoji

Romelu Lukaku as scored four goals in four matches

France 3, Belgium 2 after extra time, as Olivier Giroud gets the victor.

Both teams have overcome hard South American opposition to reach the last four.

Tuesday's match will be the third time France and Belgium have met in a World Cup; France won both previous meetings.

Many of Belgium and France's players have played against or with each other in the Premier League.

France right back Pavard, 22, was a surprise inclusion in their squad, but he has had an excellent World Cup so far, capped by him scoring one of the goals of the tournament in the 4-2 win over Argentina.

"They are a great team with a very good generation of players who have been playing together for several years", admitted France striker Olivier Giroud, who plays with Hazard and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea.

Mbappe, still just 19, has already moved clubs for €180 million and the Paris Saint-Germain forward announced himself on the World Cup stage with his brilliant performance in France's 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16. We can't leave him any space because he's a quality player. But this is a hard situation, it is not easy for him'.

And the presence of French World Cup victor Thierry Henry on the Belgian coaching staff as one of Martinez's assistants adds extra spice to the occasion. With Eden Hazard alongside him (though Dries Mertens hasn't shown his Napoli form) Belgium have a formidable forward line.

Another goal-scoring French defender who makes the cut is Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there". But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense.

De Bruyne, speaking before Martinez, echoed similar thoughts.

"It's essential to have a player like Kevin - that he can play different roles, " Martinez said Monday, on the eve of the semifinal.

'He has not told me what he is going to do, ' shrugged the Manchester City player.

They will also have the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann.

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"We will need to anticipate (Mbappe) and be well-positioned".

England on their part finally broke their decade-long jinx of spot-kicks in the last 16, and the likelihood of another penalty shootout can not be ruled out in the must-win-match between the adversaries. "Individual skills and talent are important, but in these tournaments, it's absolutely necessary to play as a team".

England emerged Champions in the 1966 edition of the World Cup which they hosted and have played in only one semi-final appearance in 14 tournaments.

Belgium has the edge as it has won 30 of the 73 matches between the two sides, compared with 24 for France.

"Of course I would prefer it if he were with us and he were giving me his advice, but we mustn't be jealous", said Giroud.

Thierry Henry has never been slow coming forward - on or off the field - but the unusual thing is that he has only ever given one interview in his role as what the Belgian FA call "the second assistant" to manager Roberto Martinez. With the sides hard to separate on paper, how they handle the pressure, and perhaps those little nuggets of inside knowledge, could make all the difference.

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