After a poor outing against the US in the final tune-up, Giroud, 31, did not start the opener against Australia, but when France struggled against the Socceroos, head coach Didier Deschamps brought on Giroud, who was involved in the buildup that led to the winning goal late in the game. Former cricketer and member of India's 1983 cricket world cup winning team, Sandeep Patil, coached Kenya to a historic semi-final in 2003 before Sourav Ganguly's brilliant century dashed their hopes.
- Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six knockout-stage matches in major tournaments, beginning with his Golden Boot-clinching displays at Euro 2016.
Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions (17 goals, 3 assists).
De Bruyne's team-mate Eden Hazard also heaped praise on Mbappe, who became the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup knockout match with his brace against Argentina in the last 16.
"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".
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That was just the flawless platform for a middle-order that boasted of Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Roy, on the other hand, reached his third T20I half-century off only 23 balls, inclusive of four fours and five sixes.
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So we'll just have to assess people as we go. "We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through". England have made their way to the semi-finals of the World Cup, the first time they have done so since Italia 1990.