Jean-Marie Pfaff, the Belgium goalkeeper when they last reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1986, told AFP's German sports agency SID that Henry would be "France's main opponent" in the semi-final. We know them at a tactical level, we know what they are capable of doing and we know their individual qualities.
The victor will face either Croatia or England, who play Thursday (2am Malaysia time), in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
Before England v Croatia kicks off on Wednesday, fans are treated to another potentially classic World Cup matchup; France v Belgium.
They are trained by Didier Deschamps, who won the Cup in 1998 as a player and is now trying to do the same as a coach. He is on the bench and facing his home nation.
Martinez signed a new two-year deal as coach before the World Cup while Henry has not yet accepted an offer to continue. "If we approach this match with fear within us, we will bring ourselves down and we'd be able to do so much less than what we can actually do", said Martinez.
"Maybe he'll sing La Marseillaise, which I would find normal", said De Bruyne. Meunier has been effective for Belgium, but hasn't shown the flash and talent that make him successful in France.
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In Belgium's corner will be France's 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry who is now a member of the Belgian coaching staff.
The French then showed their steel in the 2-0 disposal of Uruguay in the quarter-finals.
They also lost the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, though experience won't be a factor given that not a single player left in the tournament has ever reached the showpiece before.
"It is not based on the fact that they have a lot of players from Africa in their team but If you look at virtually every position of France in comparison with Belgium and England - they are a bit more steady, very balanced in their play, solid defensively and fantastic offensively, he continued". "We're ready to go to war with him". That familiarity with playing styles could affect how these teams approach one another in this semifinals match. They are tied on fourth overall with 31.
Captain Harry Kane is leading England´s charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot. An interesting switch from Martinez could involve Belgium stopping Paul Pogba and Kante, their deepest lying midfielders.
After a training session that had both rain and sunshine, Martinez, born in Spain, takes a few minutes to share his thoughts and feelings ahead of a game that could be one of the last two steps toward football heaven.
However, they say they will have no objection if the Centre Court crowd want to take sneak peeks of the action from Moscow on their phones.