The irony that a player who scored 51 goals in 123 global appearances and helped France become world and European champions is now plotting to stop them reaching the final in Russian Federation is not lost on the current French team. They lost 2-0 to Argentina in their maiden appearance in semi-finals at the 1986 tournament in Mexico.
France's prodigious 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe or Belgium's captain fantastic Eden Hazard. The last time the two were involved in a Manchester derby, Pogba inspired a scintillating United comeback for a 3-2 victory.
France will go into their World Cup semi-final against neighbours Belgium with a "hunger to win" and a desire to show their 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry that he picked the wrong side, forward Olivier Giroud said.
Not only is Thierry Henry already taken, but the team that hired France's record scorer as an assistant coach is, yes, you guessed it. Belgium.
"He is going to be on the bench facing his home nation but he always knew it could happen. For my part I have three Tottenham teammates", Lloris said.
"He is first and foremost French. He has a lot of passion for football and he will be with the Belgians, giving everything to help his team". "We've never been in such a situation, and that is why we need our team spirit more than ever against France".
The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, starts at 9 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m.
"This time, in an worldwide match, it is much higher". Kylian Mbappe missed training on Monday, whilst N'Golo Kante and Benjamin Pavard trained away from the main group as Deschamps attempted to keep his side fresh for the game, but he is expecting to have a full squad available to him on Tuesday night.More news: Paul Gascoigne will fly to Moscow for World Cup semi-final
If he can do that, then the golden generation could well glitter alongside the World Cup, as the winners of this semi-final would be odds-on favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday.
We take a look at the prospects of both sides as they chase the dream that consumes every single footballer in the world - playing in a World Cup final.
Neymar didn't win many friends during the 2018 World Cup but he's not sad about that.
"When you have such a solid foundation, you have the basics and clear understanding of what we want to do and achieve, it´s not a surprise that it´s going well for us". Individual skills and talent are important, but in these tournaments, it's absolutely necessary to play as a team.
They will now aim to stop Lukaku adding to his tally of four goals in the tournament.
I think the Red Devils can do that via cutting out his running lines by denying him space in the channels and also by choking the supply of passes to him.
Instead he's sad that Brazil, one of the pre-tournament favorites, didn't go all the way to the final as they aimed to win a sixth World Cup title.
For the fifth time in World Cup history, the semi-finals will be an all-European affair. He was also fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association.