FIFA WC: One Tactical Change For Each Semi-Finalist

FIFA WC: One Tactical Change For Each Semi-Finalist

Vermaelen has started just one of Belgium's five World Cup matches so far after only recovering from a hamstring injury just in time to travel to Russian Federation with Roberto Martinez's squad.

The 19-year-old was under pressure to deliver as France took on Belgium in Saint Petersburg for a place in the World Cup final.

"It has been a shared effort, that has been the key of our world cup campaign".

"It is a unique opportunity for all of the team and all of Belgium, and a reward for all that has been done over the last 15 years".

Belgium's "golden generation" finally delivered a big scalp on the worldwide stage in a thrilling 2-1 win over Brazil in the last eight to erase memories of disappointing quarter-final exits to Argentina four years ago and at Euro 2016 to surprise package Wales. "20 players have started at least one game and they have all contributed", he explained.

Vermaelen admitted his Belgium team-mates will have a number of the world's best players to contend with when they face Les Bleus in St Petersburg on Tuesday, but feels Mbappe is their stand-out talent.

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After a poor outing against the U.S. in the final tune-up, Giroud, 31, did not start the opener against Australia, but when France struggled against the Socceroos, head coach Didier Deschamps brought on Giroud, who was involved in the buildup that led to the winning goal late in the game.

"The quality in this group is their incredible capacity to change things if the game needs it", added Martinez.

"It is good to see that with such a young team France is progressing well".

'This year I think has been the first where he has played consistently.

His presence on the opposition bench has been described by France striker Olivier Giroud as "bizarre", with the Chelsea man keen to show Henry he has chosen the wrong camp. "It's peculiar because there are many players on my team who will be facing their own club team mates".

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