In the latest Belgium news, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne believes his side are on “equal footing” with the France ahead of their World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.
The Belgians, who are 11/10 with William Hill to qualify for the final, were tipped up as dark horses going into the tournament and have not disappointed despite some nervy moments in recent matches.
Roberto Martinez’s side looked like they were going to crash out of the tournament in the last 16 when they went two goals behind against a spirited Japanese outfit before the Red Devils showed great character to win the encounter 3-2.
It was an impressive performance from the Belgians to beat the stars of Brazil in the quarter-finals and now the French lie in wait for Martinez’s men.
Manchester City star De Bruyne has been impressed with France and their performances on their way to the semi-finals and feels his side will have to be at their best to get a result against Didier Deschamps’ men.
“When you reach the semi-finals of a World Cup you’re never going to find ordinary opposition,” De Bruyne said.
“We are on an equal footing with France, we will try and do everything we can physically and mentally. At the end, you do all you can to win and if they’re better, they’re better. That’s football.”
Belgium are unbeaten in the last three friendly games against the French (W1, D2), winning the most recent encounter 4-3 in June 2015.
It was Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini who managed to score twice in that game as the Belgians raced into a three-goal lead inside 50 minutes but only just holding on against their neighbours.