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Henry, a World Cup victor with France in 1998, will switch allegiances for Tuesday's World Cup semi-final as he is a coach in Roberto Martinez's Belgium backroom staff.

Giroud said his teammates knew Belgium very well with many players from both teams competing in the English Premier League, including himself.

France coach Didier Deschamps doesn't view Tuesday's World Cup semifinal against Belgium as the chance for footballing revenge, but as an opportunity for his players to take another step towards fulfilling their full potential.

Giroud, who is yet to open his account at this year's World Cup, acknowledged the physical differences between the pair but joked they do have one thing in common.

"I would be delighted if I can prove to Thierry Henry that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud added.

"When I was playing against Monaco he had only played about 10 matches. Our ambition is to go on and win the final", Vermaelen told a news conference, some 48 hours ahead of the semi-final against France in St Petersburg.

The Red Devils overcame the tournament favourites 2-1 on Friday in Kazan, thanks to an own-goal from Fernandinho and a fierce strike from Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne.

Earlier, the Elysee Palace also stated Macron would be taking the trip Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow welcomed the French president's decision to visit Russian Federation for the World Cup.

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

France defender Benjamin Pavard also hailed Lloris' for his World Cup showings.

"It is good to see that with such a young team France is progressing well".

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