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The second UEFA Nations League semi-final pits Belgium against France. After disappointing showings at Euro 2020, both nations will look to book a spot in the final against either Italy or Spain in the first meeting between the pair since the 2018 World Cup.
Belgium were superb in Group 2 as they secured top spot with five wins from six games. Their sole defeat came at the hands of England, a match they dominated, as Roberto Martinez's side finished five points clear of the Three Lions and Denmark. With their Golden Generation getting on, Belgium would love nothing more than to secure silverware, even if that is just the UEFA Nations League.
Drawn in arguably the toughest League A group, France made light work of Croatia, Sweden and, importantly, Portugal. They went through Group 3 unbeaten, earning 16 points from their six matches with the only blip on the record book a 0-0 draw with A Selecao. That said, France do come into this clash on a run of just one win in six, which includes two draws and a defeat at Euro 2020.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez left Dries Mertens, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi out of his squad for the UEFA Nations League clash, but he has no injury issues. Martinez must decide who starts alongside experienced duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the three-man defence, with Dedryck Boyata the likely candidate to start. Hans Vanakan and Leandro Trossard have been in great form for Club Bruges and Brighton, respectively, but may still have to settle for a spot on the bench.
France N'Golo Kante tested positive for COVID-19 last week and is unavailable for Didier Deschamps, which could see the France boss move to a three-man defence in order to provide extra protection to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Monaco youngster Aurelien Tchouameni could therefore start in the middle of the park alongside Paul Pogba and potentially one other should Deschamps decide to continue with a 4-3-1-2 setup. Anthony Martial was forced off in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton prior to the international break and will be assessed. Lucas and Theo Hernandez could both start in defence, and become the first brothers to play together in the France national team since March 1974 in the process.
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