Belgium coach, Martinez reveals his side’s game plan against France

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts as he arrives for a press conference at the press centre in Istra west of Moscow

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts as he arrives for a press conference at the press centre in Istra west of Moscow

The two sides are competing for a place in the World Cup final, and ahead of the game, it is Belgium who marginally boast the most impressive performers.

Tuesday will be the first time Belgium has contested a World Cup semifinal in 32 years. But he knows that he has been working for two years to prepare for these seven games and that his players have the same commitment toward the goal. However, Belgium are unbeaten in the last three friendly games against France.

"We're not scared of anyone", Pavard said. "We've been confident from the start and we're not asking any questions of ourselves".

The model also knows France last won the World Cup title in 1998, and this is the first semifinal game for the historically strong program since 2006. Therefore, we could easily witness more than 2.5 goals scored.

They last met in a friendly in 2015 and a number of Belgian and French players are team mates at club level.

Deschamps and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez will have a tactical duel on the sidelines of the pitch. Whether that remains true throughout what will be a unusual evening for him on Wednesday night remains to be seen.

Martinez's tactics have stood out, too.

"I think it's a hard one to call; both of them are starting to play really, really well now".

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With the Belgians having beaten Brazil, they will surely fancy that they can go on and win the World Cup for the first time in their history.

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Neymar didn't win many friends during the 2018 World Cup but he's not sad about that. But Lloris appeared to be at his commanding best in the quarterfinal win over Uruguay, rushing off his line to push away a low cross and later making a superb low save.

Giroud did his best not to stoke the flames, but said he thought Tottenham's Lloris was the better goalkeeper. "The best is Hugo".

The "Red Devils" face a selection headache, with right-back Thomas Meunier suspended. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

"Martinez starts with a 3-4-2-1-system but in defence moves to a 5-2-3 or 5-4-1", he said. Kane carries England's hopes of glory as the Three Lions hunt their first World Cup crown since 1966, when they claimed the trophy on home soil.

ST PETERSBURG: France's Antoine Griezmann (front) and team-mates practise on Monday at the St Petersburg Stadium.

Croatia can count on Real Madrid´s midfield talisman Luka Modric, named man of the match three times in Russian Federation, but his teammate Andrej Kramaric says England´s lack of superstars is what makes them a cohesive unit. "It's my unselfish side". It's going to be a thrilling match no doubt and don't be surprised if this one ends up going the full distance.

In France they feel a little bemused by it all.

Griezmann has scored two penalty kicks and set up Raphael Varane's headed goal against Uruguay. We need to defend spaces more than the player himself. The Atletico Madrid striker was the top scorer in the 2016 Euros, leading host France to the final (where it lost to Portugal in extra time). Cunha disallowed a goal by Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi after an assistant referee and the video assistant signaled the player was offside.

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