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Thierry Henry with Roberto Martinez

- France's Kylian Mbappe (three) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958.

ST PETERSBURG, July 10 ― France coach Didier Deschamps is confident he has prepared his players for any tactical surprises his opposite number Roberto Martinez might spring when they face Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals in St Petersburg today.

Google's website writes that in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries are competing for the top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities around the country.

He was the Premier League and EFL Cup winners' outstanding player last season and, alongside club captain Vincent Kompany, the 27-year-old believes some of the lessons learned under the Catalan tactician are serving to benefit Belgium.

"He's a living legend of French football and we have a lot of respect for him".

"It's great to be facing a team like France because they are very similar in terms of the individual talent they have", Martinez added.

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

More news: Belgium Boss Defends His Tactics Surrounding Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne

"I don't want to offend Martinez but he, of course, benefited from Wilmots' work, despite the fact that Wales eliminate the team", Deschamps said.

Martinez dropped forward Dries Mertens against Brazil and fielded Nacer Chadli, who had scored the injury-time winning goal against Japan.

Olivier Giroud claims that France teammate Hugo Lloris is a better goalkeeper than his Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois.

It was viewed by many observers as a breakout display at Russian Federation 2018 for the Manchester City star, but Martinez feels his efforts when stationed deeper alongside Witsel during Belgium's earlier games were also pivotal.

"We'd like to have got to the final", said Omba, 18.

It was Varane's defensive partner, Samuel Umtiti, who got the decisive goal but the Real Madrid defender kept Romelu Lukaku quiet all game and it did not go unnoticed by Ferdinand.

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