"I'll show him!" - France's Giroud aims to prove Thierry Henry wrong

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Uruguayan Andres Cunha will referee the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium at the St Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday evening, Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Monday.

Mbappe, who scored 21 times in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain last term, has netted three times in five appearances for France at this year's World Cup. An attacking trio of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard could take apart any defence in the world.

Thomas Vermaelen considers Belgium to be genuine World Cup title contenders.

They are staging a campaign to reach a World Cup tournament final, and may be to lift the trophy for the first time. "It's going to be a man's match and we will have to step up". "But we're not thinking about it too much, we're going to be focused on the pitch and our game".

Olivier Giroud would have no qualms about finishing Russian Federation 2018 without a goal to his name if France finish by lifting the World Cup.

There is a very good chance, 3/4 to be exact that by the time this tournament ends on Sunday, one of these nations gets to bury the underachiever label; at least for a very long time.

But while that disappointment has been hard to take for supporters of Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia, Tuesday's semi-final between France and Belgium is proof of the enormous influence the sons of African immigrants have played in confirming European football's place at the pinnacle of the global game.

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"We have already eliminated the best player in the world [Messi] against Argentina". There's still a sense that he could be doing more with the brilliant set of players at his disposal, France frequently a fairly stodgy team to watch, relying on moments of brilliance from Pogba, Mbappe or Griezmann.

"He will suffer emotionally; nobody prays to be in this kind of situation; he wont want to be seen supporting Belgium against his home country and he can not be with Belgium and be openly supporting France".

Belgium has height and heading ability in defenders Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini.

England boss Gareth Southgate has told his players they can be bigger heroes even than the generation of 1966, which featured Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton.

Lloris, who made his France debut 10 years ago, said: "I'm lucky enough to have played alongside (Henry) for two years with France".

"I believe in it, of course, especially as we find ourselves in the semifinals having knocked out one of the top favourites". "It doesn't shock me at all".

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