Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

France's Kylian Mbappe deserves Ballon d'Or Eden Hazard

France's Kylian Mbappe deserves Ballon d'Or Eden Hazard

Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there's potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals.

Regarding this being the most talented French team that Lloris has played with, he responded that he will "only be able to say at the end of our World Cup".

Henry, 40, won the World Cup with France 20 years ago. While France may not have set the world alight, the former Marseille manager's team have conceded a mere four goals in five matches.

Pope consoles Brazilian fans * Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Croatian over video * Goal-fest? Belgium are buzzing after their victory over Brazil while France are flying following their win against Uruguay. Belgium are unbeaten in the whole thing, not lost a game, France have some very good players as well.

While, Martinez isn't expected to mirror the entirety of his masterplan against France, this newfound setup is the flawless marriage between Belgium's high-flying offensive interplay and resoluteness at the back with the Alderweireld-Kompany-Vertonghen trio coming to the fore against one of the tournament's most potent attacking threats in Brazil.

Former Nigeria striker Victor Agali is looking beyond Belgium's semi-final clash as he tips France for their second World Cup title this time.

One place where residents have no choice but to put those differences to one side is Comines, a town that sits right on the Franco-Belgian border, split by the river Lys. "It is true that it is unusual to have him against us for this match. On a personal note it is with great pleasure that I am going to see him again". "As long as we win, that's fine with me".

Having reached the last four for the sixth time in their history, the 39-year-old feels Didier Deschamps' side have all it takes to get past the Red Devils and win the championship in Russian Federation. Henry did not play in the 3-0 final victory for Les Bleus over Brazil. But he knows that he has been working for two years to prepare for these seven games and that his players have the same commitment toward the goal.

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What a difference from a week ago, when Federer's debut of new duds after splitting from Nike drew so many headlines. Del Potro was leading 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7 when his tie with Simon was halted for the night due to darkness.

"France-England final - that's what I'm going with".

Griezmann has seven goals in his last six tournament knockout matches and nine goals and three assists in the World Cup and European Championship. "This current crop of Belgian players knows each other and they play at some of the top clubs", he said.

In what could be the most controversial pick of the team, Antoine Griezmann edges out Kylian Mbappe for this last attacking role.

"Because of the seven years I spent in France I feel 99 percent Belgian and one percent French, but the idea of taking French nationality never crossed my mind" Hazard once said when asked about the possibility. "Because they are young, they are determined and they are still growing as players".

At Belgium's neat, understated training centre 50 minutes outside Moscow there have been plenty of questions about Henry over the last three weeks but not a great deal of interest in answering them.

Giroud suggested Henry's real aim is to learn enough to earn a spot on the French coaching staff some day.

"I try to create gaps for my teammates", Giroud said.

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