ST. PETERSBURG, July 9 (Sputnik) - France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris said on Monday that the team had benefited from a combination of young talents and experienced players in their squad.
France, who claimed their only World Cup title on home turf in 1998, beat Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday to reach the semi-finals where they will face Belgium in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
"Our tomorrow's opponent is stronger than the previous one. France has a great combination of experienced and young players. That's our strength," Lloris told journalists.
Lloris, who is 31, earned his 100th cap for France in Russia, where he is playing at his third World Cup, while their 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe has scored three goals at the tournament so far.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.