France comfortably defeated Uruguay to book their place in the last four. On the other hand, Belgium defeated favorites Brazil to reach the semifinals.
As far as Deschamps team news is concerned, we can expect Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso to be replaced with Barcelona playmaker Ousmane Dembele.
Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe needs to start but it must be remembered that he is just one booking away from suspension and Deschamps will surely want to have him on the team if France reaches the final.
Mbappe and Dembele should line up with star playmaker Antoine Griezmann in the attacking midfield behind Chelsea center forward Olivier Giroud.
Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba should partner Chelsea star N’Golo Kante in the center of the park.
The Blues midfielder has been solid in the DM role and he needs to be at his best to stop the creative brilliance of Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who scored a wonder goal against Brazil in the quarterfinals.
As far as the back line is concerned, the 1998 World Cup winners should not make any change in the defense that started vs Uruguay.
Here is France’s strongest possible XI vs Belgium.
GK – Hugo Lloris
DF – Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Hernandez
MF – N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Ousmanne Dembele, Kylian Mbappe
FW – Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud
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