Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan on meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who will visit the semifinal match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between France and Belgium, TASS reports.
Cape Town - France have been installed as narrow favourites for the 2018 Soccer World Cup title, but it's too tight to call with any conviction heading into the semi-finals.
France progressed to the semi's following a 2-nil victory over Colombia and head coach Didier Deschamps will be hoping his charges maintain the positive momentum in what is expected to be an exciting match up against Belgium.
"It is freakish to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud said in a pre match press conference.
The forward has been criticized by Henry in the past, but he said there were no hard feelings - just his hunger to win.
France, who are looking for glory for the first time since 1998, has traditionally had the largest representation of African players in Europe.
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Fellaini has earned his place in the starting XI and will be partnering Witsel in the heart of the midfield. Deschamps has the "win-at-all-costs" mentality and it's evident in his six years in-charge of France .
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The NFF boss and Member of the Organising Committee of FIFA Competitions took charge of the group phase matches between Iran and Portugal in Saransk on June 25th (1-1) and between Panama and Tunisia (1-2) also in Saransk on June 28th, as well as the round of 16 encounter between Sweden and Switzerland in Saint Petersburg on July 3rd (1-0).
"I really want to communicate (to France teammates) my hunger to win". "Maybe it will be a more hard match than against Brazil".
The French delegation also includes Minister of Sports Laura Flessel-Colovic and the renowned French football player, Jean-Pierre Papin.
But he said France were talented and experienced enough to break down Belgium's defensive "wall" around keeper Thibaut Courtois. "He is very good in this World Cup with a good defense in front of him", Giroud said.
"I am convinced that we will break down this wall".