"I'll show him!" - France's Giroud aims to prove Thierry Henry wrong

Though a very different player from the elegant Frenchman, the powerfully built Lukaku showed a touch of Henry in his intelligent dummy that allowed the ball to run through to Nacer Chadli to score Belgium's victor in the thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win over Japan in the last 16.

Belgium's 27-year-old skipper is far more unpredictable.

Lloris said: "The Belgium team is the most complete in the tournament".

As Argentina showed, France can be susceptible defensively.

"The potential is there, the individual quality is there, this side is younger than the side that was in the final of Euro 2016 but they have a lot of club experience at [a] high level". France topped Group D and were rewarded with a tie against Argentina, who they defeated 4-3 in arguably one of the games of the tournament.

France's Blaise Matuidi is available after a ban and is set to return in place of fellow midfielder Corentin Tolisso, who deputised against Uruguay.

For me, there is no doubt as to which one will be the bigger hazard to opposing defences. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off. He won a World Cup and appeared in another final; he won a European Championship, too, and he captained France. "Maybe in the World Cup or Euros (before) some players didn't have the feeling of winning at all".

The European neighbours meet in Tuesday's first semi-final in Saint Petersburg for the right to play England or Croatia in Sunday's showpiece in Moscow.

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Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Thorgan Hazard could be alternatives to replace Meunier. Marouane Fellaini, who has oft-partnered Pogba in the United midfield, will now be looking to stop the powerful Frenchman.

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"He holds the record for goals scored and has the second most caps - he did leave a mark on the history of Les Bleus".

That has led David Trezeguet, a World Cup champion and former teammate of Henry's, to make a prediction of his own: Griezmann and teenage teammate Kylian Mbappe won't only succeed Henry, they'll surpass him.

Three of the last four meetings between the sides have produced under 2.5 goals in total. Kane carries England's hopes of glory as the Three Lions hunt their first World Cup crown since 1966, when they claimed the trophy on home soil.

France looked defensively solid in the 2-0 victory over Uruguay.

There is no question we are about to witness a very open game.

Those victories may come at a cost, with head coach Zlatko Dalic's side having played extra-time in their last two matches, which means fatigue could be a factor. I thought it was incredible how he did it, how he worked it out and how the players did it. "They are an adversary with great quality and there will be hard moments so we have be ready to suffer in order to reach the final".