Fearless France ready to show Belgium's Henry he picked wrong side

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud stretches to try to reach the ball as Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic

Fearless France ready to show Belgium's Henry he picked wrong side

"It's alright being quick, we've all come across players that are really, really quick. It is an opportunity in our careers and we have to grab it with both hands".

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen is expecting Kylian Mbappe to be the main threat for France in their World Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday.

Two of the World Cup's outstanding players will now go head-to-head in St Petersburg, with De Bruyne aware of the threat that Mbappe will pose.

"I think he has built on the potential of the team", the Manchester City midfielder said.

Arsenal legend Henry enjoyed a glittering global career, winning the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship.

In five games, Giroud hasn't scored a goal - heck, he doesn't even have a shot on goal - but his presence is considered a big factor in France's success in Russian Federation, where it is unbeaten with four wins and a tie.

Belgium won 4-3 the last time they met France, in a friendly in Paris in 2015.

France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match.

France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday while Belgium edged Brazil 2-1 in Kazan.

Chelsea striker, Giroud, has played nearly 400 minutes of football in the tournament so far and has not scored, and has barely had any shots.

- Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions, with 17 goals and three assists. Pele hit a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament and is the last player under 20 to score in the final four.

But Belgium are counting on stars of their own like Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

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