"I'll show him!" - France's Giroud aims to prove Thierry Henry wrong

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne: "When you reach the semi-finals of a World Cup you're never going to find ordinary opposition". He was their leading scorer in the World Cup when the country won its first and only world title as host nation in 1998, despite not being a regular starter and only 20 years old at the time.

Mbappe churned out a virtuoso performance against Argentina in the last 16, bagging a stunning brace, being a constant threat with his terrifying pace. A brilliant performance from Kylian Mbappe lifted France to a 4-3 win over Argentina, and goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann secured an easier-than-expected 2-0 victory over Uruguay the last time out. The same could be said for Belgium, or any other opponent France have faced, but there is only so much that can be done to prevent Kante from doing what he does best - stopping his opponents, snapping at their heels, covering every blade of grass.

Tom Fornelli's take: I think too many people are overlooking Croatia in this matchup, but I'm going with England just because Croatia has to be exhausted after playing 240 minutes in the last week.

Whether Matuidi returns to the side straightaway remains to be seen, especially with Corentin Tolisso performing admirably against Uruguay. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off. "But if they [Belgium] play their style of football they can play the role of the capable underdog and beat the mighty French team and book a spot in the final". With Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne combining, Belgium have the competition's most prolific attack while they are also defensively solid and have a fine goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois. Will Belgium be up to the challenge? "It's going to be a man's match and we will have to step up".

The winners will progress to Sunday's final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to face either Croatia or England, while the losers will play in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

They also lost the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, though experience won't be a factor given that not a single player left in the tournament has ever reached the showpiece before.

Friends and foes at the same time? Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba and will try to take the game to Belgium.

George Clooney "fine" after motorbike crash in Italy
It's thought he has sustained a hip injury from the incident and has since been released from hospital. The two were married in 2014 at the Aman Canal Grande resort in Venice, Italy.

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.

Head-to-head the two countries have played seven games with England recording four wins, one draw and two losses.

Both sides have overcome impressive opponents in Russian Federation so far, but who has the edge to take them all the way to the final? Lukaku is on four goals and France's Griezmann and Mbappe have three each.

Both sides know what is like to turn results around during the current World Cup campaign.

Japan led Roberto Martinez's men 2-0 just a couple of weeks ago, with a stunning second-half comeback showing all of us what Belgium are capable of before they only went and dumped out Brazil.

Asked whether he was expecting lots of fans to come to his bar to watch, he replied: "Well, the Belgians have put up a big screen TV in the square on their side, so we'll probably all go there". One where the stakes will be extremely high between two attacking-minded sides. I think he's the leader at the back. The strategy worked, and De Bruyne scored his first goal in Russian Federation.

Related Articles

  • President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

    President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

    Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. Bruce Poliquin (R): " Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive tenure of service, as a jurist and as a clerk at the Supreme Court".
    WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after India murders

    WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after India murders

    This time, the platform has received the ability to automatically hide shared media from appearing in your phone gallery. We will keep you updated, as receive more information about Whatsapp's anti-fake news and anti-spam initiatives.
    ACLU says less than half of child reunions will meet deadline

    ACLU says less than half of child reunions will meet deadline

    Around 80 percent of them are teenagers who tried to make the crossing without their parents, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has said. Gelernt said the ACLU was concerned that parents would be put on the street without any money in an unfamiliar city.
  • Jack Wilshere signs for West Ham on three-year contract

    Jack Wilshere signs for West Ham on three-year contract

    The ex-Arsenal star completed his move to West Ham yesterday by signing a three-year contract. Many people know that I've had a special bond with this club growing up ", he said.
    Donald Trump may meet his 'friend' Boris Johnson during United Kingdom  visit

    Donald Trump may meet his 'friend' Boris Johnson during United Kingdom visit

    For context, the United States spends a massive amount on defense - 3.61 percent of our 2016 GDP was dedicated to it. Trump fully supports the concept that the European allies need to increase defense spending to the 2% of GDP goal.
    Eden Hazard Makes Big Real Madrid Claim

    Eden Hazard Makes Big Real Madrid Claim

    Chelsea have not made any summer signings and their managerial situation is still uncertain with Antonio Conte in charge. Hazard stressed he wanted to win trophies with the Blues despite their poor run of form last season's campaign.
  • George Clooney released from hospital after motorcycle crash in Italy

    The 57-year-old was hit by a vehicle while riding his scooter on the island of Sardinia , officials confirmed to NBC News . His helmet, which broke during the crash, is said to have smashed the Mercedes' windshield.
    ‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

    ‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

    Strong, mobile, indefatigable and good in the air, Mandzukic looks to make life as hard as possible for the defence, stretching play to allow the likes of Modric the space they need to get into the danger zone around the box.
    Serena Williams vs Camila Giorgi, Wimbledon 2018

    Serena Williams vs Camila Giorgi, Wimbledon 2018

    Bertens will meet Julia Goerges after Germany's 13th seed ousted Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2 in their fourth-round contest . Also still in the running is No. 12 seed, Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.
  • Profiles: Matt Hancock and Jeremy Wright

    Profiles: Matt Hancock and Jeremy Wright

    Johnson's resignation was more perilous for May given his seniority in government. If she refuses to change course, she could face a leadership challenge.
    Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

    Theresa May defends Brexit plan after Cabinet departures

    The broadsheet version of Die Welt says the government is "wobbling" after the departure of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. In his resignation letter , Johnson wrote: "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope".
    Thailand cave rescue team begin operation to free last of trapped boys

    Thailand cave rescue team begin operation to free last of trapped boys

    Heavy rain began falling Tuesday as rescuers worked to replenish oxygen tanks for the third mission inside the cave. Their diet has been upgraded from diluted porridge to bread and chocolate - their two requests this morning.