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. Belgium are buzzing after their victory over Brazil while France are flying following their win against Uruguay. The European neighbors meet in St. Petersburg to decide who will meet either England or Croatia in the final.
"We played together as team-mates and he was much younger and I was at the end of my career".
Lloris will have Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, the defensive duo who play in front of him for Tottenham Hotspur, on the opposite side. Pogba has looked impressive alongside Kante in France's midfield, while Lukaku has scored four goals in the tournament.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has got people talking over his allegedly "sour" and "seedy" appearance when spotted in the stands enjoying the World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium. Both sides are coming off of impressive quarter-final performances and there is a sense that the victor of the tournament will probably come from this tie. It's the third time France has reached the final in the last six World Cups.
Thierry Henry was also part of that victorious France squad in 1998.
Belgium will be without Thomas Meunier for the first time in the tournament, as the PSG midfield has also picked up a suspension.
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Former French captain Henry scored 51 goals in 123 global appearances, also winning the European championship title in 2000, playing alongside Deschamps.
As Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said before, he's a victor and a warrior, "Quite simply Marouane Fellaini is a team player, a footballer who shares the best possible mentality for the team".
"Quite simply, I think Belgium is the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game". He has lived through great moments in the blue jersey.
His introduction has allowed Martinez to play De Bruyne in the false number 9 role, freeing him up from defensive duties to play further up the pitch where his myriad talents could be put to better use - like shooting at goal and finding killer passes instead of trying to close down players. Here is a quick reminder of the team news before we get started.
Both teams have overcome hard South American opposition to reach the last four.
While, Martinez isn't expected to mirror the entirety of his masterplan against France, this newfound setup is the ideal marriage between Belgium's high-flying offensive interplay and resoluteness at the back with the Alderweireld-Kompany-Vertonghen trio coming to the fore against one of the tournament's most potent attacking threats in Brazil.
"The crowd deserves a great spectacle", Belgium midfielder Nacer Chadli told FIFA.com ahead of Tuesday's semi. Along with Eden Hazard's free role, this completely bamboozled Brazil - even causing Fernandinho, usually so dominant, to twist and turn helplessly.