Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane


Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane

Interestingly, despite not getting the exact semifinal pairings Hazard's prediction that two European nations, Belgium vs England will play in the final match is just one game away to come to past.

France are [2.56] to win in 90 minutes, with Belgium at [3.25] and The Draw at [3.25].

Hernandez is likely to again be joined in a settled back four by Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, although there is a slight knee concern over the latter. With no natural replacement in his squad, the Belgium manager will have to bank on the duo of Nacer Chadli and Yannick Carrasco to be his wing-backs. The Manchester United man has become a key figure in midfield, having showed some impressive defensive acumen while always being an outlet in the final third whenever the crosses flow in.

Martinez had predicted a year ago, 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. Chadli played higher up the middle with Romelu Lukaku switched to the right and De Bruyne employed as a decoy centre forward, the so-called "false nine".

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. They've given their supporters one of the most enjoyable rides of the World Cup.

"We just hope he doesn't beat us in this semi-final".

Belgium are unbeaten in their last 24 matches in all competitions, winning 19 and drawing five.

The two have been nearly inseparable around Belgium's Dedovsk camp in Russian Federation this summer, and the hours of advice have paid off to such an extent that on Tuesday Lukaku can fire his country to the World Cup final, at the expense of France, who won it with Henry in their ranks 20 years ago.

The role Henry has played can not be overstated.

As they prepare for the game in Saint Petersburg, Hazard has revealed he's spoken to Mbappe over the phone on numerous occasions, explaining the pair have a mutual respect for one another.

Now comes a team led by Griezmann, 27.

"This is the only one (photo) going". At the end, you do all you can to win and if they're better, they're better.

On paper, both sides look evenly matched, and it is hard to separate them on form as well.

The country is caught up in England World Cup fever at the moment, but there is another huge match before the Three Lions' semi-final as Belgium take on France on Tuesday night.

But Belgium are counting on stars of their own like Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

He also urged both teams and nationals of both countries, to show understanding for Henry's precarious situation, adding that doing so will make Henry a little bit relaxed and comfortable during the match.



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