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Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane

10 Juillet 2018

Just four teams remain at FIFA World Cup 2018.

Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside.

But then they also have players like Eden Hazard, who hails from the Belgian town of Braine-le Comte but moved to France aged 14 to play for Lille.

France want to show Thierry Henry, one of their greatest players, that he picked the wrong side in the World Cup.

The World Cup rivalry between the two European Union members dates back to the 1938 World Cup which France hosted and Les Bleus defeated Le Diable Rouge 3-1 in an opening round encounter. It also correctly predicted draws for Spain-Russia (+280) and Croatia-Denmark (+225).

"I'm lucky enough to have played alongside [Henry] for two years with France".

Like opposite number Martinez, Didier Deschamps has been much-maligned, but the France coach is on the brink of taking his side to the World Cup final.

This is likely to do damage to Croatia as legs tire, particularly given that Zlatko Dalic's side don't have a strong anchor in midfield.

"We will need to anticipate him and be well-positioned. I think his heart will be split tomorrow because before anything he remains French".

Before this year, Belgium's best ever World Cup performance was a fourth place finish in 1986.

Belgium's assistant coachThierry Henry looks on during a training session in Dedovsk. Visit SportsLine now to see the strong France-Belgium pick, all from a European football expert whose powerful model is up 1,800 percent in less than three years. That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight global friendlies since.

Now comes a team led by Griezmann, 27.

Undoubtedly the back-to-back extra-time and penalty shootout the Croatians had had to endure in their Round of 16 and quarter-final matches will surely take its toll on the players. Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, and Sweden were all sent packing in the quarter-finals.

Because Belgium lacks a previous generation that visited these rafters, Henry can impart "the calmness of giving the player an understanding of what he's going to see, going into the unknown", as well as the technical advice of one of the world's all-time stud strikers.

Now, the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every single player on the French and Belgian rosters. If he can punch any holes in a backline that hasn't looked particularly solid this summer - they did concede three times to a disjointed Argentina - then France could ultimately struggle in their bid to win the World Cup for the second time.

"I think Griezmann has all the quality to overcome Thierry Henry, as Mbappe has, too", Trezeguet said.

Strangely, Henry was not Martinez's appointment.

While it's true England hasn't faced any of the tournament's big hitters yet, it has displayed the kind of carefree attitude that always escaped its predecessors and the chance of competing for soccer's biggest prize for the first time since 1966 has generated a sense of euphoria England hasn't experienced in years.

Giroud, who has bagged an impressive 31 goals for Les Bleus, added: "He's there to learn and develop as a coach".

Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane