Hazard grew up supporting France

Hazard grew up supporting France

Hazard grew up supporting France

Born two months apart in 1993 - Pogba is the older of the two - they had gone on to share the same agent (Lukaku recently moved from Mino Raiola to Jay-Z's Roc Nation) and the same postcode.

Jordan Henderson has recovered from the injury he sustained against Sweden and is fit to resume his place as England's midfield anchor in the World Cup semi-final meeting with Croatia on Wednesday.

Hazard has arguably been the outstanding player of the tournament and pulled Brazil and their right back Fagner around the field in their quarter-final.

Both sides will be on cloud nine after their previous victories, so this one is poised to be a clash of epic proportions.

Martinez signed a new two-year deal as coach before the World Cup while Henry has not yet accepted an offer to continue.

Didier Deschamps side ground out narrow victories against Australia and Peru before playing out a tiresome 0-0 draw with Denmark - the only goalless draw of the tournament thus far.

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Belgium won 4-3 against France when they met in a friendly match in 2015. Kylian Mbappe stole the show, scoring twice in a breath taking display.

France displayed different qualities in overcoming Uruguay in their quarter-final, winning 2-0 in an attritional contest which lacked the spark of the Argentina victory but was equally as impressive in its control and game management. However, his tireless work up against Fellaini & Alex Witsel is going to be important if France is going to reach their third ever World Cup final.

While, Martinez isn't expected to mirror the entirety of his masterplan against France, this newfound setup is the flawless marriage between Belgium's high-flying offensive interplay and resoluteness at the back with the Alderweireld-Kompany-Vertonghen trio coming to the fore against one of the tournament's most potent attacking threats in Brazil.

However, this apparent inexperience must not be mistaken for The Red Devils' weakness. Les Blues won 3-1 in 1938 and 4-2 in 1986. Brazil simply could not cope with him in the first half of their quarter-final. At the end, you do all you can to win and if they're better, they're better. France and Belgium are evenly matched in a lot of departments and it could come down to which side plays better to stop the other. Opponents take to any means necessary to limit his impact, with Hazard fouled 21 times after four outings at the World Cup, that second only to Neymar (26), and his ability to draw fouls from opponents and put Belgium on the front foot is nothing but a positive.

Giroud jokes Thierry Henry has chosen the wrong camp ahead of France v Belgium. Both matches happened during the Round of 16.

Much was made about France's lack of depth in full-back positions, but Lucas Hernandez has proved a solid addition to the squad.

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France have been less porous than Belgium, conceding four goals in Russian Federation to Belgium's five - and have kept clean sheets in three of their five games.

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Blaise Matuidi should return from suspension on the left, hoping to neutralise big Rom. Antoine Griezmann finally got going in his last match and picked up his first goal from open play, while Kylian Mbappe has been electric thus far.

Right wing-back Thomas Meunier is suspended for Belgium, so a defensive reshuffle will be required. He has been crucial to Belgium's success and he will be a big loss for the Red Devils. The interview is off to a good start: There's probably no better way to greet him.

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