Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen

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"Our ambition is to go on and win the final", Vermaelen told a news conference, some 48 hours ahead of the semi-final against France in St Petersburg.

"He had only played about 10 matches and at that time I didn't know him", said De Bruyne.

Arsenal legend Henry enjoyed a glittering global career, winning the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship.

"For me Kylian Mbappe is the best player in the French selection".

Martinez had predicted previous 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.

Goals have proved elusive for a player whose place in the France line-up has always been a source of national debate in his homeland but two more wins are all that count for 31-year-old.

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'I have a lot of respect for what Mbappe is doing, ' Hazard said.

St. Petersburg, July 9 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will come to St. Petersburg to support their national football team during their FIFA World Cup semi-final here on Tuesday.

- Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions, with 17 goals and three assists.

Lloris, who is 31, earned his 100th cap for France in Russian Federation, where he is playing at his third World Cup, while their 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe has scored three goals at the tournament so far.

In 2002, the team lost to Senegal in the opening match.

"I am motivated to speak with the youngest in the squad". It's a really tough game to call but I don't see it going to extra-time as these two will be both going all-out attack. It means, if I'm on the field, the boss thinks I can help the team.

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