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

Romelu Lukaku

Friday's 2-1 victory over Brazil in the quarter-finals followed a rousing come-from-behind win over the Japanese, where Belgium found themselves two goals behind with 30 minutes to play but won 3-2 in the round of 16.

Didier Deschamps, the France manager, and Henry's captain when the World Cup and 2000 European Championship were won by Les Bleus, calls it "bizarre" that his compatriot will be on the opposing bench this afternoon, encouraging not Mbappe but the likes of Romelu Lukaku. With Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia also past their prime, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian have failed to impress Mourinho but Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has reportedly asked the Portuguese boss to sign up his younger brother Jordan Lukaku at Old Trafford.

While Belgium lead the way with 14 goals in this World Cup, France have managed eight in their five matches.

Olivier Giroud is eager to show-up Thierry Henry when France meet Belgium in the World Cup semi-final.

"France are one of the favourites to win this World Cup", Vermaelen said. The outing against Brazil though, has to rank as one of his best in national colours so far, if not the best.

If France win the World Cup on Sunday then they will be able to brag that they have had the most hard road to the trophy after eliminating elite footballing nations in Argentina and Uruguay. He was a great player, he inspired me.

The 31-year-old, who joined Chelsea in January, has yet to score at the World Cup and has drawn blanks in each of his last six appearances for France.

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The firepower both France and Belgium possess is truly frightening.

France's Blaise Matuidi is available after a ban and is set to return in place of fellow midfielder Corentin Tolisso, who deputised against Uruguay.

'If we are World Cup champions without me scoring, I don't mind.

Both have played key roles in helping their teams to the last four.

Giroud said his teammates knew Belgium very well with many players from both teams competing in the English Premier League, including himself. "It doesn't shock me at all".

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Chadli admitted that the Paris Saint-Germain star's meteoric rise is perhaps only equalled by that of Lionel Messi.

Martinez had predicted past year, after Belgium became the first team to qualify from the European preliminaries, that Henry would have a positive impact on the Belgian players at the tournament. The Belgians are [2.18] to get to the World Cup final.

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