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General France vs Belgium: All star combined best XI 6 hours ago

10 Juillet 2018

The experienced Lloris, set to make his 103rd worldwide appearance, will be facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches. But that would prove to be the country's last major title.

Since coming aboard, Henry has had a big influence on the Belgian team and seen them go unbeaten and score 78 goals in their last 23 games.

'Nobody is out, even though we rested some of our players as a precautionary measure, ' the France boss said.

There should be fewer questions over France's defence, which will be the four that started all but one of their matches so far unless there's a significant surprise.

Confidence is sky-high after they ousted Neymar's Brazil in the quarter-finals but they will come up against formidable opponents in France as they try to reach a first ever World Cup final.

"He motivates the troops with strong words, " Pavard said.

"It will be freakish to have him up against us", said France striker Olivier Giroud. They're both great keepers.

France has three shutouts in five games, but blanking Belgium's talented attack will be tough.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back to his best in the World Cup quarterfinals, and he's going to need to be just as good when his team takes on Belgium in the semifinals on Tuesday. With Eden Hazard alongside him (though Dries Mertens hasn't shown his Napoli form) Belgium have a formidable forward line. "He's held in high esteem".

Chadli netted a dramatic stoppage-time victor in the round of 16 against Japan as Belgium came from two goals down to win 3-2.

Deschamps has the "win-at-all-costs" mentality and it's evident in his six years in-charge of France.

"I'm pleased for him, he's someone I really appreciate", Deschamps said.

While England literarily strolled through their match against Sweden, they look favoured to win the highly anticipated match. Goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann proved to be the difference, earning France a semi-final spot for the first time since 2006.

Lukaku led the counter-attack which led to Belgium's second goal against Brazil in the quarter-final and also set up their victor against Japan in the second round with an astute, unselfish dummy.

MEUNIER OUT Belgium must cope without defender Thomas Meunier, whose runs down the flank are a key part of Belgium's attack. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

HAZARD OUTLET Star forward Eden Hazard is known for his attacking prowess, but he also is an outlet for Belgium's defense.

'In Belgium we can't follow the path of a previous generation that's won the World Cup. It also gives Antoine Griezmann space to roam.

England on their part finally broke their decade-long jinx of spot-kicks in the last 16, and the likelihood of another penalty shootout can not be ruled out in the must-win-match between the adversaries. "It's my unselfish side".

France will be at full strength ahead of this game.

In France they feel a little bemused by it all. Against Japan, they scored three goals in 30 minutes after going 0-2 down and displayed the other gear against Brazil by defending with numbers when it was needed.

General France vs Belgium: All star combined best XI 6 hours ago