Thierry Henry's 'heart will be split' by World Cup semifinal

Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson

"There are two teams with very good players ... players who can create attractive football", he said.

The first match sees France take on Belgium on Tuesday in what promises to be a thrilling encounter between two closely matched teams. The match kicks-off at 20:00 hrs (BST) at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg. Cunha disallowed a goal by Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi after an assistant referee and the video assistant signaled the player was offside. However, Belgium are unbeaten in the last three friendly games against France. They are an impressive side with strength, depth and some flair. France will need to show their maturity here.

Behind those back lines Belgium's Thibaut Courtois and France's Hugo Lloris have produced some stunning saves, most notably to keep them in the lead during their quarter-finals.

For France, Blaise Matuidi is expected to replace Corentin Tolisso after serving his suspension.

It's going to be a thrilling match no doubt and don't be surprised if this one ends up going the full distance. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off.

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. He was part of Belgium's coaching staff at three World Cups, including 1986, when they finished fourth. Romelu Lukaku is the powerhouse, who has class for company in Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. We immensely respect the quality of France. Will Belgium be up to the challenge? "It's an advantage on both sides, but we will seize every opportunity to reach the final".

Meunier is suspended after tripping Brazil star Neymar and earning a second yellow card of the tournament.

Friends and foes at the same time? Marouane Fellaini, who has oft-partnered Pogba in the United midfield, will now be looking to stop the powerful Frenchman. This means that the club will have at least one representative in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense.

In what could be the most controversial pick of the team, Antoine Griezmann edges out Kylian Mbappe for this last attacking role. The current French squad is inevitably compared to the class of 1998, which won their sole World Cup title in their own backyard.

Croatia powered through their group with convincing wins over Nigeria and Argentina along with a 2-1 victory over Iceland after their passage through to the last 16 was secured. The attacker has been crucial to Belgium's run to the semi-finals, providing two goals and two assists for his side.

"My awareness, my skills, my shooting, my control in front of the goal, my actions, where I have to be on the field, scoring goals out of nowhere - that's what big players do, don't wait for the ball to come in front of you, you have to create the goal yourself". The decision to switch formations might have been inspired, as much as anything else, by the desire to get Kevin de Bruyne further forward, which paid off handsomely with what turned out to be the decisive goal.

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