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Deschamps to write a new chapter in football history

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Les Bleus are favourites to lift the trophy after impressive knockout wins against Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium and Giroud says France will not let another opportunity for worldwide silverware pass them by.

"As it happens in any big tournament, we need to look at the younger generation and try to become stronger from tournament to tournament. And in my role I've got the eyes into Euro 2020 so it's not the right moment to make an assessment just yet".

Belgium's best global performances have been European Championship runners-up in 1980 and now two World Cup semi-finals, the first of which was in 1986. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the [Euro] final".

France face the Croats in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, but they are rejecting the favourites tag which cost them dearly two years ago, he said. "It was about winning the tournament", the Spaniard told journalists after Tuesday's match. De Bruyne, one of the English Premier League's standout players last season, Hazard, Lukaku and Courtois are all world class players in their mid-20s.

Samuel Umtiti headed home from a corner six minutes into the second half saw France through to a meeting with either Croatia or England in Sunday's final.

It's only the second time in history that Belgium have reached the World Cup semi-finals, 32 years after Diego Maradona's Argentina beat them at the same stage in Mexico in 1986 before going on to win the title.

The 6ft 3in colossus is yet to open his goal-scoring account at the World Cup this summer, but manager Didier Deschamps likes him due to his hold-up play.

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Pogba has been outstanding for his country so far in the competition and has received praise for things he's not normally associated with such as discipline and defensive responsibility.

They will contest Sunday's World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow against the victor of Croatia-England.

Kompany said the team's performance in Russian Federation - the Belgians were the tournament's top scorers going into Tuesday's semifinal - should give the domestic game a shot of self-confidence.

Although boss and skipper remain, this is a much-changed France squad - a hearty injection of exceptional young talent meaning only nine members remain from the 23-man squad that contested the European Championship.

And it came from the unlikeliest of sources - Paris Saint-Germain defender with Congolese roots Presnel Kimpembe.

Luckily, the French players escaped with no more than just having to catch their breath after the extended celebrations.

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