Fearless France ready to show Belgium's Henry he picked wrong side

Thierry Henry with Roberto Martinez

In five games, Giroud hasn't scored a goal - heck, he doesn't even have a shot on goal - but his presence is considered a big factor in France's success in Russian Federation, where it is unbeaten with four wins and a tie.

Soccer Football - World Cup - France News Conference - France Training Camp, Istra, Russia - July 8, 2018 France's Olivier Giroud during news conference. "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp".

Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game.

The match will be Lloris' 103rd appearance for France and Pavard has no doubts about the man playing behind him.

Giroud, who is yet to open his account at this year's World Cup, acknowledged the physical differences between the pair but joked they do have one thing in common.

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Didier Deschamps' side take on Belgium in Tuesday's (July 10) St Petersburg semifinal - a game that will be graced by a raft of prime attacking and creative talents on both sides.

Speaking to reporters via BBC Sport Deschamps said: "It is true Olivier has not scored yet, but - I repeat - yet. He attracts a lot of attention from defenders".

Earlier, the Elysee Palace also stated Macron would be taking the trip Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow welcomed the French president's decision to visit Russian Federation for the World Cup.

- France's Kylian Mbappe (three) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958. It means, if I'm on the field, the boss thinks I can help the team. "But he is someone I really appreciate, I'm happy for him".

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