Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen

Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen

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

'He's had a fantastic year and he can even improve if that's possible, so yes he will be a danger to us but we are going to try and stop him from playing'.

This summer's edition of Les Bleus is composed of players who know France as a country that can win.

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"I'm not jealous. There's a lot of mutual respect. 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.

De Bruyne also admitted that it felt like a "now or never" moment for this Belgium squad who, after quarter-finals together at the last two global tournaments, have already take a step forward in beating Brazil last Friday to reach the last four.

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He edged Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4), to whom he held a 0-5 head-to-head record entering the match. I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final.

- Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions, with 17 goals and three assists.

France's Kylian Mbappe (3 goals) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958. "We just hope he doesn't beat us in this semi-final".

Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists).

In 2002, the team lost to Senegal in the opening match.

These two have looked the best two teams in the tournament. "I'm sure he's learning on a daily basis and giving good advice to the Belgians".

"I am motivated to speak with the youngest in the squad". It means, if I'm on the field, the boss thinks I can help the team.

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