Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

His standout performance against Uruguay, which amounted to a monumental defensive effort from the French which earned him his spot here, earning 66.5 points in their quarter-final win and a consistent performer before that. Belgium winger Nacer Chadli has said Spanish coach Roberto Martinez deserved credit for the team's success at the 2018 World Cup.

Roberto Martinez's surprise 4-3-3 was just insane enough to confuse the Brazil defence throughout the first half of their quarter-final, which puts them in a strong position to do something similar on the counter-attack against France - particularly through the middle.

Among the 92 players in the semi-finals of the World Cup, 5 players are from Chelsea.

"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".

"We're not scared of anyone", Pavard said.

"But the way the tournament is going so far, whoever we come up against, we feel confident we're going to win".

The one potential weakness for France could be their inexperienced defence. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi returns after suspension, whilst full-back Thomas Meunier will miss out due to suspension.

Henry, 40, won the World Cup with France 20 years ago. "They played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan", said the 49-year-old Deschamps. Will they do something similar against us?

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku is Harry Kane's closest challenger for the Golden Boot award with four goals.

Mbappe and Lukaku are among the main marksmen for their countries.

Jamie Vardy, however, remains a doubt for the semi-final after straining his groin against Colombia and requiring an injection straight after the match.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England´s charge to the last four for the first time since 1990. 'I think the Belgians will arrive with a lot of confidence'.

Croatia, who boast Real Madrid´s Luka Modric and Barcelona´s Ivan Rakitic in a strong midfield, emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday´s quarter-final.

"It's been two years to try and understand these footballers, the human beings behind the footballers, and to try and get a group that shared the same ambition, not just to use the national team to improve their brand", Martinez told a news conference.

"But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has issued a warning to Vida but will not take any further measures.

Vanessa Coleman

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