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All eyes on World Cup semis

All eyes on World Cup semis

Les Bleus striker Olivier Giroud has raised the stakes with his comment that he hopes to prove why former French great, Thierry Henry, has chosen the wrong side. Two of the World Cup's most potent attacking teams produced just one goal but a bounty of unforgettable images when France and Belgium met in Tuesday's semifinal in St. Petersburg.

France attacker Kylian Mbappe will be fit to take his place in the starting XI for his country when they tackle Belgium in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final, despite missing Monday's training session. "Our ambition is to go on and win the final", Vermaelen told a news conference, some 48 hours ahead of the semi-final against France in St Petersburg.

'He's become a star in France but when I was playing against him for City against Monaco he'd only played 10 matches, ' De Bruyne said. My job's to be good on the pitch, to help my team. 'If Mbappe was watching videos of me when he was younger, now it's me watching videos of him.

France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match.

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Olivier Giroud claims that France teammate Hugo Lloris is a better goalkeeper than his Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois.

"Courtois is hard to play against".

Deschamps has confirmed he values the contribution Giroud has provided and insists that despite the fact he is yet to score in Russian Federation, he has done everything else perfectly as France attempt to win their first World Cup since 1998. "There will be gaps that will have to be used", the forward added.

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