Henry's World Cup experience the 'missing piece' for Belgium

France’s “Children of 1998” are united by belief

When France go up against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday, the 40-year-old Henry will be on the opposing bench, looking to stop his country from advancing to Sunday's final.

'Being a defender playing against pace creates panic, ' Ferdinand said. "Obviously, I prefer to have chances and score but, if I can make space for the others, I always try to choose the best option for the team".

The World Cup is set to get back underway this afternoon. "It's not something you need to travel to Belgium to realise", he said. He's broken out over the last 12 months, especially at the World Cup. Yet, for all that Titi has given Belgium-including a "taste for the attack", in the words of French Football Federation president Noël Le Graët-France and Deschamps retain an advantage: the children of 1998. Former German footballer and part of the 1990 World Cup winning squad, Jurgen Klinsmann, coached the USA football team between 2011 to 2016.

The team clicked on that occasion as they took advantage of De Bruyne's favoured position with Marouane Fellaini replacing Dries Mertens to give a more defensive mindset in the middle of the park. I love him. He doesn't show much emotion, he just reads things and is happy and excited about defending'.

This afternoon, we've got France taking on Belgium.

Martinez had predicted previous year, after Belgium became the first team to qualify from the European preliminaries, that Henry would have a positive impact on the Belgian players at the tournament.

'Varane, Kante, Pogba, Matuidi did the ugly side of the game when they had to dig in, ' Shearer said. It was a magnificent performance. "Will they do something similar for us?"

Deschamps added that Martinez had benefited from the strong foundation he inherited from Marc Wilmots, who was sacked after Belgium lost to Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

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