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France, if they go through to their third final, can look to repeat the win of 20 years ago.

"Vive la France! Vive la Republique!"

The one doubtful player is Samuel Umtiti.

France booked their place in the semi-final with a comfortable 2-0 win over Uruguay, while Belgium's route here saw them defeat five-time winners Brazil in the quarters. Belgium reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016 but has yet to fulfil its lofty expectations. Harry Maguire's brilliant aerial performances so far this tournament, culminating in him winning 22 headers against Sweden and Colombia, would suggest Jordan Pickford's goal won't be regularly troubled. Zidane was sent off in what was his final match.

"France has always been one of the favourites to win the tournament", he added.

From Griezmann's corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France ahead.

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

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More than just being a brilliant song, Three Lions represents a narrative departure from previous football anthems. But you wouldn't know it judging by the training exercise the Three Lions have been taking part in.

France's football-loving President Emmanuel Macron and Belgian King Philippe were watching from the stands, along with Rolling Stones front-man Sir Mick Jagger.

France and Belgium meet in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night to decide who will become the first finalists at the 2018 World Cup.

Both players are too slow, and too easily caught on the turn, to be the spine of this Belgium side when Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are the opponents. Varane, in particular, was outstanding.

"He has been in England a long time and personally I have very little contact with him", Le Graet said.

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

"It is definitely better to start as assistant in a national team, even if he was hoping it would be in Arsenal's staff", Le Graet said. He has played only one game for The Three Lions and is expected to warm the bench when England take on Croatia in the second semi-final. Eden Hazard has already been quick to credit coach Roberto Martinez, who masterminded the victory by pushing both Hazard & Romelu Lukaku out onto the wings, with the aim of defending deep and catching Brazil on the break. De Bruyne'sflexibility has allowed Martinez to tinker with his tactics during games and the former Everton boss knows how important the Manchester City playmaker is. It is the ability of Belgium to quickly transfer from defence to attack that France will be most wary of and Lukaku is likely to face heavy scrutiny from Varane and Co. That only Brazil have taken more shots than Croatia from outside the box (40 in total) is testament to their inability to fashion decent chances.

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