France coach Deschamps: Giroud so critical to our system

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Meanwhile, defender Benjamin Pavard rejected the idea that France would be favourites.

"Now we want to continue until the end".

In fact, Giroud has failed to even get any of his 13 shots on target thus far - the most off-target shots a player has had at a World Cup since 1966.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gave us some fantastic action of football so far.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez brought Henry into the Belgium set-up two years ago to impart not just his knowledge of goal scoring he is France's all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 123 appearances, and Arsenal's with 228 but also his experience of winning with a team weighed down by great expectations.

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

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"Obviously, I'll be very proud to show Thierry Henry that he's chosen the wrong camp", Giroud said ahead of Tuesday's semi-final in Saint Petersburg.

France and Belgium will be playing for a spot in Sunday's final in Moscow.

No screens for watching the World Cup had previously been installed in public places in France before due to security concerns.

"We never had doubts about him - you [media] doubted him", said the full-back. France and Belgium have met each other 73 times in all competitions and the latter has an upper hand as they have won 30 times.

Vida was let off with an official warning and no match sanction, leaving him available to play in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal against England. However, when they turn into symbols of competing nationalisms, as it will be seen in St Petersburg where Belgium and France will vie for a place in the World Cup final (the French have a 2-1 lead in the mega tournament), then the task to find a difference between them will be too hard.

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