French great Thierry Henry could hurt France's pride tonight


Belgium reinforced for the quarter-final win against Brazil and France will have Blaise Matudi back from suspension for Tuesday's game at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. I love him. He doesn't show much emotion, he just reads things and is happy and excited about defending'.

Teenager Kylian Mbappe, who was not part of the France team two years ago, said even in his wildest dreams he would not have imagined reaching the World Cup final.

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Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 worldwide appearances, played for France at four World Cups in all.

"I would be delighted if I can prove to Thierry Henry that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud added.

"It is a unique opportunity for all of the team and all of Belgium, and a reward for all that has been done over the last 15 years". If he says something, it is always turns out to be something helpful.

Brazil were dumped out of the World Cup following a very impressive first-half display by Roberto Martinez's side.

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"He's a living legend of French football and we have a lot of respect for him".

"Now we want to continue until the end", he said. It was the Les Diables Rouges, who ended the journey of one of pre-World Cup favourite, Selecao, after a 2-1 victory over them.

"He has brought us that important element of experience", the coach said on Friday.

"If we win, he will also be happy because ultimately he is a Frenchman", said France defender Lucas Hernandez on Saturday.

It was viewed by many observers as a breakout display at Russian Federation 2018 for the Manchester City star, but Martinez feels his efforts when stationed deeper alongside Witsel during Belgium's earlier games were also pivotal.

"It is freaky to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud said. "Obviously, I prefer to have chances and score but, if I can make space for the others, I always try to choose the best option for the team".