France take on Belgium for a place in the final

Belgium's assistant coach Thierry Henry looks on during a training session in Dedovsk

In their quarter-final encounter against Brazil, Belgium were imperious.

For France, who have reached this stage five times before, a win will take them to their third World Cup final - they lost to Germany in 2006 after a World Cup win at home eight years before that. France is slightly favored over Belgium in their first competitive meeting since 1986.

The Belgian team, which leads the tournament scoring in Russian Federation with 14 goals in its five World Cup matches, will rely on someone with an intimate knowledge of France on Tuesday: former France striker and current Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez brought Henry into the Belgium set-up two years ago to impart not just his knowledge of goal scoring he is France's all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 123 appearances, and Arsenal's with 228 but also his experience of winning with a team weighed down by great expectations.

LLORIS VS. COURTOIS Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and France No. 1 Hugo Lloris could be busy. "But tomorrow, on a professional level, he will be putting all the passion that drives him into the Belgian team".

"A team that lost to us in the 1986 semifinal as well as in the quarterfinals in 2014, Belgium have been a courageous side this time".

"There will be players who will have their club team-mates on the opposite side", France coach Didier Deschamps said at the pre-match press conference on Monday. Therefore, we could easily witness more than 2.5 goals scored.

The former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland star is in St Petersburg for RTÉ Sport for the first of the last four-games tonight between France and Belgium. The attacker has been crucial to Belgium's run to the semi-finals, providing two goals and two assists for his side.

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Kompany looked shaken by Brazil's speed in the second half of the quarter-final, which will give Mbappe confidence.

Gareth Southgate's men will nearly certainly have to work harder against Croatia than they have done so far in the tournament, but their momentum will take some stopping.

Belgium have finally turned up at a major tournament and have seemingly put their disappointing performances at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships behind them.

"We know them and they know us", said Deschamps.

"Most of them play in the Premier League, so we know them well".

England is gripped by World Cup fever. "There is a lot of respect between us". Captain Harry Kane has six goals already and is on target to win the Golden Boot. They have kept three clean sheets from five matches and been largely untested thus far - even against the likes of Argentina and Uruguay. The manager is the one who will do the talking, I will try to make the team better.

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Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and right-back Sime Vrsaljko, who both picked up an injury against Russian Federation, and centre-back Dejan Lovren were all absent from the part of the session open to media.

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