Balaise Matuidi back in France's only change for semis

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

Henry, a World Cup victor with France in 1998, will switch allegiances for Tuesday's World Cup semi-final as he is a coach in Roberto Martinez's Belgium backroom staff.

"They have the same right foot", he told reporters in Russian Federation on Sunday.

"I would be delighted if I can prove to Thierry Henry that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud added.

After a poor outing against the US in the final tune-up, Giroud, 31, did not start the opener against Australia, but when France struggled against the Socceroos, head coach Didier Deschamps brought on Giroud, who was involved in the buildup that led to the winning goal late in the game.

After ousting Brazil in the semis, Belgium go into their match up against France high in confidence.

"There is no revenge in football, I don't like that word", he said in his official press conference on Monday.

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Either way, England will continue their World Cup venture on Saturday with a game against Sweden . He deserves all the credit because he's the one who's helped me prepare for penalties.

The forward has been criticized by Henry in the past, but he said there were no hard feelings - just his hunger to win. "But he is someone I really appreciate, I'm happy for him". My job's to be good on the pitch, to help my team. It is also a particular match for him.

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Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that he knew very little of Kylian Mbappe until the season before last, though has tipped the attacker to be a star for the next 15 years.

Olivier Giroud put country before club by describing France captain Hugo Lloris as a better goalkeeper than Belgium's Thibaut Courtois.

Deschamps insists Giroud is crucial to their system.

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