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African players in France's World Cup team

11 July, 2018, 06:05 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Thierry Henry with Roberto Martinez

We saw them against Argentina perform the way they did and it was a different type of performance tonight.

The predominant weapon for both teams is their speed going forward, catapulting players with instinctive talent into positions from where their genius can prove lethal.

In terms of their attack, they have actually struggled- only scoring eight goals up to this point. "So I've made sure that my players are prepared for any scenarios from the beginning of the match and during the match as well if it changes".

This summer's edition of Les Bleus is composed of players who know France as a country that can win.

"I feel very proud for my group".

Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "Bravo, Red Devils, for your performances and for having thrilled us all the way to the semi-finals".

Croatia star Modric expects a tough game against a 'strong' England
Harry Kane has to lead the group from the front, and now has a great chance of ending the tournament as the golden boot victor . England also have the World Cup's top-scorer in Harry Kane , who has six to his name so far.

Forward Kylian Mbappe, one of France's best players in Russian Federation, was not at the first 15 minutes of training open to the media, but Deschamps said he had a full squad to choose from.

Earlier, France coach Didier Deschamps told a pre-match news conference that four of his players would only have a light training workout, but that all 23 would be fit to play. "That was a precautionary measure", the coach added. But Deschamps was only interested in talking about France vs. Belgium.

His presence on the opposition bench has been described by France striker Olivier Giroud as "bizarre", with the Chelsea man keen to show Henry he has chosen the wrong camp. "We have been 49 days together", Deschamps said.

Just like players are free to choose which country or club they want to play for provided they abide by the law, similarly former players can not be judged by which country they decide to coach.

It was Varane's defensive partner, Samuel Umtiti, who got the decisive goal but the Real Madrid defender kept Romelu Lukaku quiet all game and it did not go unnoticed by Ferdinand.

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