Mbappe expects 'weird' World Cup reunion with inspiration Henry

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2018

And if Lukaku fires his country past Henry's on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg, they certainly won't be complaining.

"This is the only one (photo) going".

Uruguayan Andres Cunha will referee the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium at the St Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday evening, Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Monday.

Ahead of Belgium's semifinal against France, Thomas Vermaelen believes that he and his Belgium teammates can win the World Cup.

Martinez wanted Henry to develop a winning mentality, and draw more out of Belgium's forwards. Belgium would then beat Brazil to meet France in semifinals, after Frenchmen sailed past Uruguay.

And even if France's highest scorer among active players (with 31 goals) has yet to find the back of the net in Russian Federation, he is cutting a relaxed and confident figure at the tournament.

Real have made a habit of signing players off the back of their impressive World Cup performances.

And that's not sitting well with everyone on the French side. When we were kids, we couldn't even afford to watch Thierry Henry on Match of the Day! "It is true that it is odd to have him against us for this match".

"Since we've been working closely together I think I've raised my game twice as much than what I thought I could do, and I owe him a lot, a lot in the last two years".

"But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football".

Didier Deschamps' side, with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe up front, struggled for goals in their group matches but have now hit their stride, dominating Uruguay after beating Argentina. Playing at home it didn't lose a game, blitzing defending champion Brazil 3-0 in the final.

Belgium's assistant coachThierry Henry looks on during a training session in Dedovsk.

Two years later France won a European Champions, with Henry again leading the team with three goals. But that would prove to be the country's last major title.

"It will be freaky to have him up against us", said France striker Olivier Giroud. And Mother Russia's penalty shootout anguish. He was a runner-up in 2006 and also competed in 2002 and 2010. All said and done, this has the ingredients for a modern classic and could decide the victor of the 2018 World Cup.

This will be the first competitive meeting between France and Belgium since the 1986 World Cup, when France won 4-2 in the third-place playoff.

West Ham United have been linked with moves for three players - former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, Borussia Dortmund forward Andriy Yarmolenko and Corinthians defender Fabian Balbuena. "I've not taken the easiest path, but I've enjoyed every element of it".

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