Monday, 10 December, 2018

French great Thierry Henry could hurt France's pride tonight

Olivier Giroud Thierry Henry France Belgium 2018 World Cup Getty Images
Cassandra Castillo | 10 July, 2018, 23:29

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.

Henry, who won the 1998 tournament with Deschamp on home soil, works as assistant coach with the Red Devils.

"It's freakish because he's French and will be on the opponent's bench", Deschamps said on Sunday on the French sports show Telefoot.

Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 global appearances, played for France at four World Cups in all. It's a subtle point, but one that may play a decisive role in the.

"It is weird to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud said in a pre match press conference. "His presence, his World Cup experience, it is all a very positive influence", said defender Toby Alderweireld before the start of the tournament.

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The second semi final will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (venue of the final match) on Wednesday, between England's Three Lions and Luka Modric-led Vatreni of Croatia.

"He has brought us that important element of experience", the coach said on Friday.

Henry and Giroud have not always had the best of relationships with Henry previously being heavily critical of the France frontman during his time at Arsenal, but Giroud insists his main focus is on performing well for his Country.

Mbappe burst onto the scene during the 2016-17 season when he helped fire Monaco to the French league title and the Champions League semi-finals.

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