France President Emmanuel Macron at World Cup semifinals


Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who scored his first goal in Russian Federation against Brazil, said, "When you are part of a World Cup it is always "now or never".as a player, perhaps, you have the chance to take part in a World or a European championship twice or three times in a lifetime".

"When I watch him dribble, he's thinking", Henry, who is now Belgium's assistant coach, said in an interview with French TV channel Canal+.

World Cup victor and France great Thierry Henry, who followed a similar trajectory to the top as Mbappe, cited the latter's intelligence as the driving force behind his success.

Get breaking news alerts. Deschamps may have bitter memories from that Euro final in front of a home crowd, but he is now on the verge of joining an elite club of coaches who have also won the World Cup as players.

Henry bagged 51 goals in 123 games, and featured for the Les Blues in four editions of the global showpiece - 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.

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"It's a group of people who share a vision of making Belgian football proud and achieving something important and these players have done that".

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

"It's a unique opportunity for all the team, for all of Belgium, for all the hard work that has been done, not just in the past two years but the last 10 to 15 years developing these young players". "His presence, his World Cup experience, it is all a very positive influence", said defender Toby Alderweireld before the start of the tournament.

We don't want to talk about the fight for the victory in the world Cup, try to take it match by match and to avoid the euphoria. His one assist was a big one, setting up Kylian Mbappefor what proved to be the deciding goal in the 4-3 win over Argentina.

But France feel Henry will be happy with any outcome on Tuesday. We'll see if it can get even better this afternoon. "It is an opportunity, nearly to try and improve on what we did against Brazil", he said.