Ferdinand says Mbappe's pace is 'illegal' as he dazzles in semi-final

Vermaelen believes France will be tougher opponents than five-times world champions Brazil

Men who usually play side-by-side as professional teammates will instead be pitted against each other as internationals for one night.

"Maybe in the World Cup or Euros (before) some players didn't have the feeling of winning at all".

All eyes will be on a potential thriller which will see 1998 World Cup champions France locking horns with Belgium at the Krestovsky stadium.

At this point in the competition, every team needs to be at their best if they are to bring the trophy home (or football in England's case). The victor will play the victor of England-Croatia in the World Cup Final this weekend.

Fellow pundit Alan Shearer felt that while players such as Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann give Didier Deschamps" team something special, victory over Belgium also showed the French are "streetwise'.

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. His one assist was a big one, setting up Kylian Mbappefor what proved to be the deciding goal in the 4-3 win over Argentina.

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Vermaelen admitted his Belgium team-mates will have a number of the world's best players to contend with when they face Les Bleus in St Petersburg on Tuesday, but feels Mbappe is their stand-out talent.

"A few hours after [the Brazil game] the focus was already on the game against France".

"We will be more competitive".

Martinez's impact has been hailed by De Bruyne himself, with the Manchester City star - who made his senior debut in 2010 and has tasted previous World Cup and European Championship disappointment - convinced things are different.

"When you are a striker like me, you always play for the teammates", Giroud said.

In an arguable parallel with Pogba, De Bruyne was shackled by a deep-lying midfield role earlier in the competition.

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