Eden is more of a Hazard than Mbappe

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France have steadily improved as the tournament has progressed and are now starting to justify the hype surrounding their presence at this year's tournament. However, his tireless work up against Fellaini & Alex Witsel is going to be important if France is going to reach their third ever World Cup final.

Thierry Henry has never been slow coming forward - on or off the field - but the odd 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.

But France also have the ghost of previous high-profile failures behind them, specifically the Euro 2016 final that they should in theory have strolled against Portugal only to choke on home turf.

Didier Deschamps unearthed a gem in Pavard.

France professionally saw off Uruguay in the last round by a score of 2-0 while Belgium provided a slight shock with a historic win against five times champions Brazil.

Against an on-fire Kylian Mbappe, Hazard might be required to put another defensive shift in.

Courtois gets the nod in goal following his heroics against Brazil which included a stunning save to prevent Neymar from scoring.

Tuesday will be the first time Belgium has contested a World Cup semifinal in 32 years. Four teams remain at this World Cup.

The French then showed their steel in the 2-0 disposal of Luis Suarez and Uruguay in the quarter-finals. Martinez got his tactics spot on, dishing out a masterclass in counter-attacking football, winning the match 2-1.

Seven weeks ago, players and coaching team started working together at the base camp with the same objective: Their potential as players would be of use only if they could create a collective soul that would be stronger than any individual attempt.

England´s coach Gareth Southgate (R) and England´s forward Harry Kane celebrate after winning during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 7, 2018. France were defeated by West Germany whilst Belgium fell victim to the brilliance of Diego Maradona and Argentina. Both matches happened during the Round of 16. Jan Ceulemans opened the scoring for Belgium 11 minutes in, before France levelled with a strike from Jean-Marc Ferreri. However, things will be far more complicated for France this time around.

There are plenty of other ways to watch today's France-Belgium game, meanwhile.

Sports Illustrated: "Calling this one is immensely hard".

In team news, Corentin Tolisso is likely to drop out in favour of Blaise Matuidi after the Juventus midfielder has served his one-game suspension. France has big players across its back line, but evidence suggests decent attacking sides can make them look decidedly average.

Belgium wing-back Thomas Meunier is suspended so will miss the match in St Petersburg. Chelsea's poster boy has taken on the mantle of the captain in fine fashion by being simply unplayable at times and will be The Red Devils' danger man on Tuesday.

The precocious talent of the young Hazard did not pass unnoticed at Clairefontaine, the France Football Federation's elite forming school, and overtures were made to try and persuade him to represent his adopted country.

It's going to be a thrilling match no doubt and don't be surprised if this one ends up going the full distance.

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