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From 1998 and a World Cup medal on home soil at just 20 years of age to 2010 and a disgraceful team strike in South Africa that he could have stopped but didn't at 32.

Talking to beIN Sports France ahead of Tuesday's World Cup semifinal clash between the two in Saint Petersburg, the Chelsea star spoke about the Paris Saint-Germain forward in glowing terms.

Hazard said that his country will find it hard to beat France if Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante "is at his best" for Les Bleus. He has a specific job on the Belgium coaching staff, to coach the attacking players and counsel on strategies; it is part-time role, outside his broadcasting work in English television, and his rank in the Belgian staff hierarchy is well beneath that of manager Roberto Martinez.

Pope consoles Brazilian fans * Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Croatian over video * Goal-fest? And if Lukaku fires his country past Henry's on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg, they certainly won't be complaining.

While it's true England hasn't faced any of the tournament's big hitters yet, it has displayed the kind of carefree attitude that always escaped its predecessors and the chance of competing for soccer's biggest prize for the first time since 1966 has generated a sense of euphoria England hasn't experienced in years.

Belgium has played neighbouring France 73 times, but the teams haven't met in three years - and hadn't met in a competitive game since the 1986 World Cup.

France have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches - Argentina are the only team to score from open play against them at this World Cup.

And that's not sitting well with everyone on the French side.

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"Thierry and I met when he was very young, and I was sure that he would go far", the French coach said of Henry. It is also a particular match for him. "I am happy for him for everything that he went on to do".

Always confident in his abilities, Hazard has been calm on the pitch despite getting some rough treatment during games in Russian Federation.

France have been steadily finding their best form over the course of their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign. That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight worldwide friendlies since.

Belgium's come-from-behind win in the last 25 minutes of their second round tie against Japan would have made Roy of the Rovers envious while France produced a venomous sting in their tale to sweep past Argentina, after also finding themselves trailing in the second half. "The Belgians did not reach this stage playing one style of football - they changed things up against Brazil".

"I think Griezmann has all the quality to overcome Thierry Henry, as Mbappe has, too", Trezeguet said.

What's certain is that with one more win Les Bleus are back in the World Cup final for the first time in a dozen years. Individual skills and talent are important, but in these tournaments, it's absolutely necessary to play as a team.

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