France vs Belgium: Umtiti, Mbappe, Kante miss France training

Grant SmithJul 11, 2018

Goals have proved elusive for a player whose place in the France line-up has always been a source of national debate in his homeland but two more wins are all that count for 31-year-old.

France and Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, has picked his national team captain Hugo Lloris as a better goalkeeper than his club and Belgium's shotstopper Thibaut Courtois.

MOSCOW, July 9 ― Belgium will be deeply disappointed if they fail to win the World Cup, defender Thomas Vermaelen said yesterday, in the first direct acknowledgement of the team's belief in their ability to emerge triumphant in Russian Federation.

"He does many things for the team to be balanced, and it is the players around him that benefit from his presence because he attracts a lot of attention from the defenders".

"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me".

France have one foot in the World Cup final as Samuel Umtiti heads them ahead in the 51st minute. The Spaniard has shown great tactical pragmatism by setting up his side to suit the characteristics of his best players and exploit the weakness of opponents. Former cricketer and member of India's 1983 cricket world cup winning team, Sandeep Patil, coached Kenya to a historic semi-final in 2003 before Sourav Ganguly's brilliant century dashed their hopes. The quarterfinals witnessed the ouster of Uruguay, Brazil, Russia and Sweden.

In an arguable parallel with Pogba, De Bruyne was shackled by a deep-lying midfield role earlier in the competition. If the Manchester City man can produce more of the same France are in for a long night. In the last game he made assists for Mbappé, we need this supporting play.

French players in a past World Cup match.

A living legend of French football, Henry was one of the stars during their 1998 World Cup win.

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