Top 4 Clubs with the Most Players in the Semi-finals

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Eden Hazard has already been quick to credit coach Roberto Martinez, who masterminded the victory by pushing both Hazard & Romelu Lukaku out onto the wings, with the aim of defending deep and catching Brazil on the break.

Against a Belgium side boasting of one of the best set of offensive players, France will need a performance even better to their last one where they kept the Uruguayan attack in check throughout. If they play at their best and similar to what they did against Brazil, then Belium have a decent chance of reaching the country's first FIFA World Cup final in the nation's history. France faced America's opposition, beating Argentina and Uruguay to reach this stage.

"He has been in England a long time and personally I have very little contact with him", Le Graet said.

"We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said.

"France has always been one of the favourites to win the tournament", he added.

The one potential weakness for France could be their inexperienced defence.

Belgium will be without Thomas Meunier for the first time in the tournament, as the PSG midfield has also picked up a suspension.

Coming to Henry's defense was former team mate and fellow World Cup victor Emmanuel Petit who slammed the criticism of Henry as "a load of rubbish". On each of those occasions the tournament has been hosted in Europe.

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Consequently they will be looking to find Mario Mandzukic's head at every opportunity, which plays into England's hands.

Much was made about France's lack of depth in full-back positions, but Lucas Hernandez has proved a solid addition to the squad.

England forward Harry Kane has scored six World Cup goals in Russian Federation. Lukaku is on four goals and France´s Griezmann and Mbappe have three each.

Gary Cahill is Chelsea's 5th player at the semi-finals.

Three of the last four meetings between the sides have produced under 2.5 goals in total. "I think his heart will be split tomorrow because before anything he remains French".

Croatia, who boast Real Madrid´s Luka Modric and Barcelona´s Ivan Rakitic in a strong midfield, emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday´s quarter-final. But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind, and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup. They know how to attack well.

Croatia have removed former global player Ognjen Vukojevic from their delegation after he posted a video clip in which current defender Domagoj Vida shouted "Glory to Ukraine!"

Federation Internationale de Football Association has issued a warning to Vida but will not take any further measures.

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