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Kante is the best in the World says Hazard

Kante is the best in the World says Hazard

Romelu Lukaku is, in many ways, Thierry Henry's pet project. From 1998 and a World Cup medal on home soil at just 20 years of age to 2010 and a disgraceful team strike in South Africa that he could have stopped but didn't at 32.

Belgium v France for a place in a World Cup final, is already being labelled the "Thierry Henry Derby".

Both players are crucial for their respective countries and both will certainly be hoping to get their hands on the World Cup trophy for the first time.

Pope consoles Brazilian fans * Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Croatian over video * Goal-fest? The France boss should thus, have his entire squad at his disposal on Tuesday, with Blaise Matuidi now available after serving a one-match suspension against Uruguay, although Djibril Sidibe is a minor doubt.

"It's going to be a good game to watch, I think, and enjoyable to play on the pitch".

No player has made more successful dribbles in a World Cup match than Hazard managed vs Brazil (9), while the Belgian sensation was fouled seven times on the night, as per WhoScored.com.

With fellow Premier League stars Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku also thriving in Russia, Belgium will sense this is their chance to win a first World Cup, although right-back Thomas Meunier is out due to suspension.

"It is freaky to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud told reporters.

And that's not sitting well with everyone on the French side.

"I would be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud said yesterday, referring to Henry by his nickname. "It is true that it is unusual to have him against us for this match". For sure, I would rather him being with us and giving me the advice but you can't be jealous and it is not shocking me at all.

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"He'll be happy if we win because above all else he is a Frenchman", the 22-year-old left-back said. Playing at home it didn't lose a game, blitzing defending champion Brazil 3-0 in the final.

Gideon said Henry's best bet is to remain neutral and focus on his job as assistant coach, but added that pretending to be emotionless would be hard for the former football great. That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight global friendlies since.

And if mystic Hazard's form continues, we could be set for a mouth-watering Belgium v England final next Sunday, let's just hope that his prediction of the victor does not come to fruition. But with the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and rising star Kylian Mbappe, the team is not short of talent.

Belgium have had nine different goalscorers in the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals); only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have had more in a single tournament.

Sky's Colombian rider Egan Bernal drew England in the team sweep and with their progression and form, he's probably laughing now, but dying a little on the inside after the Three Lions knocked out his countrymen in the round of 16.

Henry did not choose the Belgian bench over the French one.

"He is lucky to be with a team with a fine generation of players".

"No. This is just an opportunity for him to learn the job without any pressure", says Arsene Wenger.

"I can not tell you everything, because we might apply the same plan against France". But we mustn't be jealous or anything about that.

I'd lean towards Belgium - they're [2.2] to qualify - if picking a victor but I'm happier to invest in goals both overall and individually.


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