Pinnick to commission France, Belgium semi final tomorrow

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

"He is extremely fast and can decide every match in a flash", Vermaelen told reporters.

"France has always been one of the favourites to win the tournament". "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp".

The second semi final will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (venue of the final match) on Wednesday, between England's Three Lions and Luka Modric-led Vatreni of Croatia.

That match will bring together some of the best artists of the round leather game in the universe at the present, including France's Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, and Belgium's Romelo Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Soccer Football - World Cup - France News Conference - France Training Camp, Istra, Russia - July 8, 2018 France's Olivier Giroud during news conference. "Maybe it will be a more hard match than against Brazil".

Le Journal du Dimanche devoted six pages to the Franco-Belgian friendship and rivalry - this time with an excerpt from an Asterix comic book on its front page, while sports daily L'Equipe twisted Tintin's "Destination Moon" to feature French and Belgian players.

France's squad includes two players born outside of the country - Cameroon-born defender Samuel Umtiti who moved to France with his family aged 2, and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda who has also lived in France with his family since he was 2. "There will be gaps that will have to be used", the forward added.

I know that he's only 19, and we bemoan the participation trophy generation, but can't we give France half a goal for that?

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