Monday, 22 July, 2019

Giroud hopes 'living legend' Henry manages France some day

Olivier Giroud snubs Chelsea teammate when naming World Cup's best Giroud and Courtojs will be on opposite sides come Tuesday evening
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 01:22

The stars of the show for France have been the promising Kylian Mbappé and world-class forward Antoine Griezmann, who both have three goals to their name so far.

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. 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.

"They have the same right foot". "If you are scared, you will not play at 100 per cent. We got a boost there".

But Neymar wasn't alone as Henry and Hazard very kindly consoled the emotional Brazilian at the Kazan Arena following the entertaining quarter-final clash. He was unleashed in a roving attacking position to devastating effect against Brazil, scoring with a wonderfully sweet strike.

The Manchester City man commented: "Too much Razmokets".

Kieran Trippier pays tribute to England fans
On the memes and celebrations : "I think a lot of the guys, like me, they've switched off to it". Best of luck and let us know how you do.

While other players have kept up a steady mantra of taking the tournament one game at a time, the 32-year-old defender make clear his vista was firmly focused on next Sunday's final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match.

After ousting Brazil in the semis, Belgium go into their match up against France high in confidence.

Out-jumping the towering presence that is Marouane Fellaini, Umtiti opened his account for the tournament and came through with one of the most memorable celebrations of the World Cup to date.

- Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (eight goals, six assists).