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

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

The Belgians have won all five of their matches in Russian Federation, scoring 14 goals and leaving Brazil and Japan by the wayside.

Soccer Football - World Cup - France News Conference - France Training Camp, Istra, Russia - July 8, 2018 France's Olivier Giroud during news conference. "Obviously, I prefer to have chances and score but, if I can make space for the others, I always try to choose the best option for the team".

Brazil were dumped out of the World Cup following a very impressive first-half display by Roberto Martinez's side.

French players in a past World Cup match.

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that he had never even heard of France striker Kylian Mbappe less than 18 months ago but that he now expects football's second-most expensive player to be a world star for the next 15 years.

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Didier Deschamps' side take on Belgium in Tuesday's (July 10) St Petersburg semifinal - a game that will be graced by a raft of prime attacking and creative talents on both sides. He does many things for the game to be balanced.

"France were one of the favourites before the World Cup and I think the game will be tougher than against Brazil due to their individual quality", he said.

"For us to finally be able to knock out a formidable opponent is because of the experience we've picked up at previous tournaments and also the development of our players at their clubs", Vermaelen said. 'If Mbappe was watching videos of me when he was younger, now it's me watching videos of him.

All eyes will be on a potential thriller which will see 1998 World Cup champions France locking horns with Belgium at the Krestovsky stadium. My job's to be good on the pitch, to help my team.

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