Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who scored his first goal in Russian Federation against Brazil, said, "When you are part of a World Cup it is always "now or never".as a player, perhaps, you have the chance to take part in a World or a European championship twice or three times in a lifetime. I really want my thirst for victory to come across to them".
Like most of the country of 11 million, he was still proud of the team's performance at the World Cup, stunning Brazil in the quarter-final and putting recent disappointments behind it as Spanish coach Roberto Martinez galvanised a diverse group of millionaire club stars into a highly motivated unit. To get the latest soccer news, text "SPORTS" to 22840. He stated he enjoyed the position but is willing to play anywhere in order to win the World Cup. "For us he was as important against Panama and Tunisia as he was against Brazil".
"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". He tells us stories from his playing days and they inspire us.
Martinez had predicted a year ago, after Belgium became the first team to qualify from the European preliminaries, that Henry would have a positive impact on the Belgian players at the tournament.
The one worry for the Red Devils is the defence as Thomas Meunier misses through suspension with Nacer Chaldi and Yannick Carrasco tasked with dealing with France's threat in the wider positions.
Chelsea and Les Blues striker Giroud has admitted that while he has massive respect for France legend Henry, but he also revealed that he will be eager to get one over on Henry when the two continental neighbours face off in the Saint Petersburg Stadium. "I don't feel pressure, but I'm excited about playing in a very special match".
"It is good to see that with such a young team France is progressing well".
"We're on the eve of a (semifinal) match". On paper, France, the 1998 champions, is expected to triumph over the Belgium, but many fans here are saying that an upset could happen, going by the rising profiles of a talent-laden Belgian side.