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France Team, Predicted Playing XI vs Belgium

11 July 2018

The 2-1 scoreline flattered the South Americans, who were blown away in the first half, and Belgium's "Golden Generation" seems to be clicking at just the right time - they look on course to reach their first ever World Cup final.

"We know him, he has a lot of passion for football and he will be with the Belgians and will give everything to help his team".

Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne make up a potent three-man attack.

These links extend to their respective football teams, who meet on Tuesday evening to contest a place in the World Cup final.

The former might lack the pace or the defensive ethic of Chadli, but he more than makes up for it with his link up play, crossing ability and instinctive nature in the box. Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, team-mates at Manchester United, would be coming face-to-face.

A photo of Belgian squad members and brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard and their younger brother Kylian (also a professional footballer) wearing France shirts during the 1998 World Cup has done the rounds on social media and Eden, one of Belgium's key men, admitted his loyalties were once divided.

Belgium will be seeking to break new ground by reaching the final for the first time in their history - indeed they have only reached the semi-finals once before, in 1986.

Against an on-fire Kylian Mbappe, Hazard might be required to put another defensive shift in.

Now France's head coach, Deschamps admits it will be "strange" to see Henry in the opposite dugout.

Thierry Henry was also part of that victorious France squad in 1998.

But their secret weapon could be on the sidelines in the shape of one of France´s greatest players of all time, Thierry Henry, who is now head coach Roberto Martinez´s assistant. France forward Antoine Griezmann shouted during the post-match celebrations. He is an obvious, natural role model for any forward, and the ideal one for, say, a precious, strong pacey striker who, like him, was born on the outskirts of Paris, and, like him, served his apprenticeship at Monaco and, like him, scored crucial goals to galvanise a World Cup campaign. Fellaini adds a muscular presence in midfield next to Witsel, making the Belgium team far more balanced.

"It is weird", said Deschamps, "because he is French and that he will be on the bench of the opposition". "For him tomorrow it could be a bit hard, but he works for Belgium now, he wants us to win".

Belgium have undeniably been the standout side in the tournament, scoring a total of 14 goals in five matches.

This, teamed with clean sheets against Panama and England, has earned him his spot as number one ahead of Hugo Lloris, despite the Tottenham captain boasting three shut outs.

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. We immensely respect the quality of France.

"I do not want to denigrate the Belgium team of the time, there were very good players, but at that time, it was France". Kevin De Bruyne combined with the ex-Chelsea man to score a thunderous strike past a hapless Allison, dominating proceedings in an advanced false 9 role. "However, each player will do what it takes to win".

France Team, Predicted Playing XI vs Belgium