"Now we have the chance to play in the World Cup final". But while De Gea had a poor tournament, Courtois enhanced reputation with an outstanding quarterfinal performance against Brazil.
France will unleash the attacking talents of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann against Eden Hazard's gifted Belgium side in Saint Petersburg tomorrow (2am Malaysian time) with a place in the World Cup final at stake.
Many of Belgium and France's players have played against or with each other in the Premier League. In the years since, France have won one World Cup and one European Championship, and lost the 2006 World Cup final.
Belgium have been superb at this year's tournament, finally dispelling the idea that they are a group of talented players who are unable to work effectively as a team.
Hazard moved to Lille when he was 14 and he and his brothers used to admire the French 1998 World Cup winning side. "I think it's an advantage for our planning", Chadli told a news conference after Belgium's training session on the outskirts of Moscow. "Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him", said Deschamps. "Personally, I have little contact [with him]".
Martinez' men are the only side to have won all of their games in 90 minutes in Russian Federation and are the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals. The 22-year-olds have only 10 worldwide appearances each but are both playing with good composure.
While there is a clear contrast in styles of the two sides, France and Belgium lock horns in a potential World Cup classic. De Bruyne'sflexibility has allowed Martinez to tinker with his tactics during games and the former Everton boss knows how important the Manchester City playmaker is.
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England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home". More than 50 years on, there doesn't seem to be any record of how the song performed in the charts .
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"He's a different player now, and he will be a star for the next 15 years".
Mbappe has arguably been the best young player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "That's the quality that he has". Henry did not play in the 3-0 final victory for Les Bleus over Brazil. "To beat them, we'll have to play extremely well and need to make our own luck", Lloris said.
France have no such selection issues and are nearly certain to stick with Stuttgart's Benjamin Pavard at right back after a string of impressive displays from the 22-year-old have made him one of the tournament's stand-out defenders.
Those goals took him to three in this tournament and, with two games to go, Mbappe will certainly want to add to that and fire France to a second Jules Rimet success.
France looked set to be heading towards a bronze medal before Nico Claesen brought Belgium back level, forcing the game into extra time.
"I try to create gaps for my teammates, " Giroud said.
But here's one thing Deschamps can be sure of: if Lukaku has a one-on-one duel with the French goalkeeper, and pauses just before the final shot, or if Eden Hazard cuts in from the left and curls his shot across Hugo Lloris, each of them will have taken expert advice on how to finesse those manoeuvres from one Thierry Henry, French legend.