France President Emmanuel Macron at World Cup semifinals


However, he is now working as a assistant coach for Belgium, who will face his home Country in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday evening.

But he said France were talented and experienced enough to break down Belgium's defensive "wall" around keeper Thibaut Courtois. "They don't use it much", Giroud joked to reporters.

France have one foot in the World Cup final as Samuel Umtiti heads them ahead in the 51st minute. He can stop balls in any area.

"I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous", the 31-year-old Giroud said. And they both deserve to be elected as best keeper of the tournament, even if I have a preference for Hugo.

In five games, Giroud hasn't scored a goal - heck, he doesn't even have a shot on goal - but his presence is considered a big factor in France's success in Russian Federation, where it is unbeaten with four wins and a tie.

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Giroud insists he will not allow Henry's presence on the opposing bench to distract his focus with a place in the World Cup final at stake.

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal.

Lloris arrived at the World Cup a man under scrutiny following errors in France's warm-up matches and a number of poor performances for Tottenham across the course of the 2017-18 season.

"You can't turn people wearing a blue jersey away at the entry and let the ones in red jerseys go through", Dauchy added. "He proves to everyone that he is a great goalkeeper".

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