ST. PETERSBURG, July 9 (Sputnik) - France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday that the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final encounter between his side and Belgium would be difficult for Belgium assistant coach and former France striker Thierry Henry as he would have to come up against his native country.
France will face Belgium in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
"We used to play together [with Henry], he was very young then. I appreciate what he has achieved at his clubs and in the French national football team. It [the match between Belgium and France] will be very difficult for Henry. He's in the enemy camp... He'll oppose his native country. He knew what he was signing up for. But I'll be happy to meet him tomorrow," Deschamps told journalists.
Henry, who played for clubs such as Monaco, Arsenal and Barcelona, won the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 title as part of the French national team.
Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will come to an end on Sunday, with the final set to be held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.