Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

Belgium’s players kept their eyes on the ball in training yesterday

But under Martinez the team are finally threatening to make good on their moniker and turn the tag into something more tangible in the form of the 18 carat World Cup trophy. France have the personnel to take this game wide open, especially with Belgium being sloppy on the defensive end at times.

RTBF is airing the World Cup in Belgium, where the main supermarket chain there, Delhaize, is closing an hour early tonight so its employees can watch the 8 PM game. That was the last competitive match between the teams. Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol predicted a 2-1 win for France. This means that the club will have at least one representative in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

Check out some of the highlights from France's and Belgium's World Cup runs in the tweets embedded below.

France will unleash the attacking talents of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann against Eden Hazard's gifted Belgium side in Saint Petersburg tomorrow (2am Malaysian time) with a place in the World Cup final at stake.

"It is a trip into the unknown", Martinez says. "We've been confident from the start and we're not asking any questions of ourselves".

Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps is confident he has prepared his players for any tactical surprises his opposite number Martinez might spring. We know there are going to be hard moments, and we'll have to be ready to suffer.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at global level and it's taken us two years to get there".

For TV work, Henry "needed to be a bit incisive", he said. "Personally, I have little contact [with him]". Fans welcomed his arrival in August 2016 with lukewarm enthusiasm, since he'd only recently been sacked by fired by Everton on England's Premier League.

With stars adorning both teams, and managers who have asserted themselves tactically, both Belgium and France will back themselves to reach the final.

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Belgium's forward Eden Hazard celebrates his team's win during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarterfinal football match between Brazil and Belgium, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6. To see him wearing the Belgian's training kit is weird. "He's held in high esteem".

Belgium's Thibaut Courtois gets the nod in goal on the back of a superb performance against Brazil.

Lloris has been criticised during the past year after errors for France and Tottenham.

"His heart will be divided", said French captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

There are no injury concerns for Belgium but Thomas Meunier will be missing the game. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil. Forward Eden Hazard was too energetic and Romelu Lukaku too strong for the Brazilian defense. Because of his quick feet, change of direction and exquisite close control, he is hard to tackle and this often draws a foul. Mbappe has starred at the World Cup with his breakneck speed and Deschamps has merely used the youngster's ability to the team's advantage. "It's my unselfish side".

Southgate has told his players they have the potential to be bigger heroes even than the team featuring Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton that won on home soil in 1966.

Griezmann has scored two penalty kicks and set up Raphael Varane's headed goal against Uruguay.

In the European Championship final two years ago, France lost to Portugal 1-0.

Belgium struggled against Japan when defending quick and mobile players.

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