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African players in France's World Cup team

11 July, 2018, 06:05 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • France’s “Children of 1998” are united by belief

And after another World Cup campaign ended in disappointment for Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain star was left inconsolable on the pitch at full-time.

Henry, France's all-time leading goalscorer, was a member of the squads that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil and Euro 2000 alongside French boss Didier Deschamps.

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




Belgium's "golden generation" finally delivered a big scalp on the global stage in a thrilling 2-1 win over Brazil in the last eight to erase memories of disappointing quarter-final exits to Argentina four years ago and at Euro 2016 to surprise package Wales. Many fans and players pay little attention to the third-place playoff but for Belgium, to win it would go one better than an earlier "golden generation" who lost both the semi-final and playoff in 1986. Martinez and his players have already shown they can change their formation depending on their rivals and Tuesday promises to be an absorbing tactical battle. Now they have the chance to book another final appearance although Deschamps prefers to look on the game as another opportunity for success, rather than atonement for the past. We'll see if it can get even better this afternoon. My job's to be good on the pitch, to help my team. The official back-story of the mascot states that he is an aspiring football player who is "charming, confident and social".

Hugo Lloris made arguably the save of the tournament to keep intact France's halftime lead over Uruguay on Friday and Thibault Courtois" tip-over save from Neymar near the end of Belgium's 2-1 triumph over Brazil later the same day drew a "Hand of God' headline in the Belgian press the next morning. "Portugal is not the Belgium side we face tomorrow, we have to give everything to get there", said Deschamps.

France, England and Croatia rearguards all supply bosses with more bang for their buck, while goalkeepers Danijel Subasic and Jordan Pickford are matching each other for value ahead of their meeting on Wednesday.

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