In the latest France news, defender Raphael Varane has admitted his side will have to be wary of Belgium’s superstars as they prepare to do battle in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.
Les Bleus, who are 29/20 with Ladbrokes to beat Belgium, have lived up to their billing ahead of the tournament and cruised past Uruguay in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Belgium have seen off both Japan and Brazil in the knockout stages and the Red Devils have now gone from dark horses to serious contenders for the trophy in Russia.
Varane has been impressed with the Belgians and feels his team will have to give special attention to the likes of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard.
He said: “Belgium are young, but they are maturing. We know it will be a tough match… Romelu Lukaku’s physicality can trouble any defence. We can’t leave him any space because he’s a quality player.
“As for Eden [Hazard], I’ve already played against him when he was at Lille. He has great qualities and is a good dribbler. We can’t give him any space either, so it is going to take a collective effort.”
France’s Blaise Matuidi is available after suspension and is set to return in place of fellow midfielder Corentin Tolisso, who featured in the quarter-finals.
Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is set to continue in Didier Deschamps’ starting line-up despite failing to have a single shot on target so far.
For Belgium, right wing-back Thomas Meunier is suspended so manager Roberto Martinez will have to assess his options.