Belgium winger Eden Hazard prepares for France clash with fresh trim

Belgium winger Eden Hazard prepares for France clash with fresh trim

Belgium winger Eden Hazard prepares for France clash with fresh trim

France star Kylian Mbappe is one of the major breakout performers of this World Cup, and Eden Hazard is one of many who have taken notice. "He is a living legend of French football". France did not make any offer for him to join their coaching staff before Martinez made his approach two weeks after taking over as Belgium manager.

'I have already told Henry that I have found out his technique to score goals, ' Lukaku said following the Frenchman's appointment as assistant.

"I play all year with Kante".

"But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football".

"Life can be like that sometimes". For sure, I would rather him being with us and giving me the advice but you can't be jealous and it is not shocking me at all.

Varane and Romelu are certain to face each other barring any injuries and it could very much be that head to head battle that will decide the tie.

Gideon said Henry's best bet is to remain neutral and focus on his job as assistant coach, but added that pretending to be emotionless would be hard for the former football great.

"Thierry Henry is really important for us". "There is no doubt that he has a career in coaching ahead of him".

In Belgium, there were doubts about Roberto Martinez's ability to transfer the country's individual talent into a collective force.

Belgium's haul of 14 goals is the most by the semi-final stage of a World Cup tournament since Brazil in 2002 (15).

Though a very different player from the elegant Frenchman, the powerfully built Lukaku showed a touch of Henry in his intelligent dummy that allowed the ball to run through to Nacer Chadli to score Belgium's victor in the thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win over Japan in the last 16.

France want to show Thierry Henry, one of their greatest players, that he picked the wrong side in the World Cup.

The role Henry has played can not be overstated.

Martinez himself has given the Manchester United frontman some pointers; he has given him a Youtube video of Huge Sanchez's 38 goals in a single season, all scored with one touch. "I think that Thierry Henry can be credited with some of the tactical ploys".

"We saw N'Golo up against Argentina's Messi - he was given a specific role, and he did exactly what was asked of him". But we can't be envious. "It doesn't shock me at all". The France boss should thus, have his entire squad at his disposal on Tuesday, with Blaise Matuidi now available after serving a one-match suspension against Uruguay, although Djibril Sidibe is a minor doubt.

The victory boosted France's morale, and they followed it up with a workman-like 2-0 win over Uruguay that was impressive because of how well they managed to control the game against tricky opponents.

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