Fearless France ready to show Belgium's Henry he picked wrong side

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But it's also worth noting that Neymar was fouled 23 times through those four games and was the most fouled player in the tournament before Brazil's exit on July 6.

And Hazard's bracket is remarkably accurate, with five of eight quarter-finalists correctly predicted as well as France's meeting with Belgium in the semi-final.

But despite working for Belgium, Giroud has admitted there's no resentment while having mutual respect for him.

"The way we work sometimes causes a lot of contact, we slow down the field, the accelerations are higher".

Giroud needs one goal to move ahead of France great Zinedine Zidane.

He's hoping to prove that Henry picked the wrong camp. My job is to be good on the pitch, to represent France as well as possible. "Tomorrow [we] will be put to the test because we are going to play against best team in the tournament, the favourite".

Courtois entered the tournament as one of the top goalkeepers in the world along with Spain's David De Gea. Earlier in the year, Mohammed Salah looked the most likely candidate to end the duopoly after breaking the Premier League goal record and inspiring Liverpool to a Champions League final.

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"But he is someone I really appreciate, I'm happy for him".

"I think his decision of assisting that ball to someone who is in a better position speaks volumes of his maturity and his understanding of why we are here - to be a team, to help each other, to try to win games".

Giroud, who has bagged an impressive 31 goals for Les Bleus, added: "He's there to learn and develop as a coach". But it is not something that happens from one day to the next.

"It is more than a match", Aujourd'hui en France newspaper said on a full front-page spread that featured the two countries' most beloved comic characters - Tintin for Belgium and Asterix for France. We're talking Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann as well as the aforementioned Hazard and Lukaku.

In the 2nd semi-final, Croatia will face England.

When the tournament began, not many people predicted a final four consisting of France (No. 7 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings), Belgium (No. 3), England (No. 12) and Croatia (No. 20).