France President Emmanuel Macron at World Cup semifinals

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud stretches to try to reach the ball as Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud stretches to try to reach the ball as Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic

As neighbours France and Belgium take on each other in the first semi-final of the Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg in Russian Federation on Tuesday, July 10, the media is busy painting the rivalry as between two famous comic characters - Asterix and Tintin.

"If you beat Brazil you should not be frightened by anyone", Chadli told reporters.

When a Monaco player, Mendy branded Mbappe "Razmoket" - the French translation of children's television programme "Rugrats" - as he was so young.

French players in a past World Cup match.

The internet search engine giant Google has marked the 22nd day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with another doodle depicting the football cultures of the two countries who are going to play in the first semi-final today. "But I'd be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong side!"

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Adding fuel to the rumour fire, William's co-star Lena Headey, who plays Cersei, commented on the post with the word "Queen". "Here's to the adventures to come #lastwomanstanding #barely #immasleepforthenextfouryears #justkiddingidontsleep ".

"When France were world champions in 1998", Giroud said on Sunday, "I think [Christophe] Dugarry scored one goal and [Stephane] Guivarc'h not at all".

Deschamps has confirmed he values the contribution Giroud has provided and insists that despite the fact he is yet to score in Russian Federation, he has done everything else perfectly as France attempt to win their first World Cup since 1998.

Both teams have earned their billing as pre-tournament favorites, with France ousting Uruguay in the last eight and Belgium stunning five-times champions Brazil to book their own semi-final spot.

But Belgium are counting on stars of their own like Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. I don't resent him.

France defender Benjamin Pavard also hailed Lloris' for his World Cup showings. My job's to be good on the pitch, to help my team.

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