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Belgium Team vs France, Predicted XI

10 July 2018

The only difference being is that France have history to live up to.

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday.

Belgium's roster and team profile are here.

"Geographically, we share a border", France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said at the pre-match news conference on Monday.

Tuesday's game has an added twist of intrigue in that the French and Belgian players know each other so well. We need to rise to challenge and keep doing what we've been doing. He has lived through great moments in the blue jersey.

Martinez replicated his tactic at Everton of deploying Romelu Lukaku as a right-winger against the adventurous Marcelo, leaving the Manchester United forward to torment Miranda and kickstart a plethora of counter-attacks.

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Having reached the last four for the sixth time in their history, the 39-year-old feels Didier Deschamps' side have all it takes to get past the Red Devils and win the championship in Russian Federation.

There are no injury concerns for Belgium but Thomas Meunier will be missing the game. "Each player would be defending his colours".

It will be interesting to see who Roberto Martinez picks as his replacement.

France coach Didier Deschamps agrees Henry will be in a tough spot at the St Petersburg Stadium.

Deschamps has the "win-at-all-costs" mentality and it's evident in his six years in-charge of France.

Southgate has told his players they have the potential to be bigger heroes even than the team featuring Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton that won on home soil in 1966. He is an obvious, natural role model for any forward, and the ideal one for, say, a precious, strong pacey striker who, like him, was born on the outskirts of Paris, and, like him, served his apprenticeship at Monaco and, like him, scored crucial goals to galvanise a World Cup campaign.

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Martinez, on the other hand, is a coach who lays emphasis to lovely, attacking football.

However, the Belgians will meet a French team in St. Petersburg that has emerged as a gilded generation of its own.

Asked how much this "Golden Generation" can accomplish, Martinez said: "It is important for everyone to understand that Belgium has a population of 11 million and that the current generation of players did not happen by accident". "For him tomorrow it could be a bit hard, but he works for Belgium now, he wants us to win". "The forwards go to see him".

Otherwise, there was respect and admiration in equal measure. Deschamps' men are yet to hit the top gear, though. "They do it well, they do it fast". The problem has been moulding them into an effective team. "They are a fantastic team".

"With my brothers, we have always been more supporters of France than Belgium because we grew up with '98", said Hazard. But some doubt whether he has the desire to back up his huge talent and challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world's best player.

"To play without fear would probably be the one thing which would help us the most".

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De Bruyne, speaking before Martinez, echoed similar thoughts. Dubbed by many as the two best teams left in the competition, we could be in line for a thrilling encounter between two attacking-minded teams.

Belgium Team vs France, Predicted XI