Giroud hopes 'living legend' Henry manages France some day

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"I really want to communicate (to France teammates) my hunger to win".

The agency said in a statement that roads were not busier than normal before or after games, "suggesting people are often choosing not to travel or to travel at completely different times".

"If I didn't score all tournament but we won the World Cup, of course I would take that in a heartbeat", Giroud told a news conference.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez brought Henry into the Belgium set-up two years ago to impart not just his knowledge of goal scoring he is France's all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 123 appearances, and Arsenal's with 228 but also his experience of winning with a team weighed down by great expectations.

"We've also shown we can play attractive football, we've come back from some hard moments against Japan".

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"I would be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud said yesterday, referring to Henry by his nickname. Four years later, they again lost to Italy at home in finals at Paris.

Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

Mayor Sergei Gromov says "we were supporting Russian Federation but now it's turned out like that (that Russian Federation was eliminated), we're going to support France and wish it success". Villager Elena Vasilyeva says she's cheering on Belgium because "they're a real team". The two sides will meet on Tuesday to decide who plays in next Sunday's World Cup final against either England or Croatia.

"He might not have the flamboyant style of other players but the team needs him in each and every match", said Deschamps.

"He does many things for the team to be balanced, and it is the players around him that benefit from his presence because he attracts a lot of attention from the defenders".

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