But you have to think England will eventually need to contend with a side that's not going to concede from set pieces.
The victor will face either Croatia or England, who play on Wednesday, in Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. France were defeated by West Germany whilst Belgium fell victim to the brilliance of Diego Maradona and Argentina. But on the right, Kante could be the man tasked with shackling club-mate Hazard.
Now they play one another with everything on the line, sending Griezmann, France's top scorer with three goals - the same number Henry scored in his first World Cup - against a Belgium offence Henry has helped to a tournament-best 14 goals.
But their secret weapon could be on the sidelines in the shape of one of France´s greatest players of all time, Thierry Henry, who is now head coach Roberto Martinez´s assistant.
France are looking to reach their third World Cup final in the last 20 years, while Belgium are vying for their first-ever decisive match.
"Perhaps he will sing the Marseillaise (before the game), which I find normal", De Bruyne said. "It is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him".
The game kicks off at 2 p.m. EST. Belgium defeating Brazil was an upset, even considering the brilliant players they have at their disposal, while over the past couple of years France have under-performed considering the incredible levels of talent available to Didier Deschamps. France topped Group D and were rewarded with a tie against Argentina, who they defeated 4-3 in arguably one of the games of the tournament.
Prediction: "France 2-1 Belgium".
France are favourites due to their mix of youth and experience allied to tournament nous after they reached the Euro 2016 final. It's a World Cup semi-final that has all the ingredients of becoming one of the most memorable clashes in history. For the longest time, the golden generation may have underperformed, but Belgium now look to be coming back into their elements and they've been fantastic so far, especially when they were tested by Japan - we could see the fighting spirit.
"We're not scared of anyone", Pavard said.
I pointed out before the tournament how much his reading of the game has improved in recent seasons - if he is heavily marked, he knows where and when to move to drag his markers to open up space for his teammates.
England's midfielder Jordan Henderson has recovered from his injury against Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final and should be fit to play Croatia in the semis. For him this game could be hard but he is working for us now and he wants us to win. "He's was a great player and a great gentleman of French football", Les Blues captain and goalkeeper Lloris told a news conference.
To do so, though, he must prevent France's own talented crop of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann from following in Zidane's footsteps in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
In France, the game will air at 8 PM local time on leading commercial broadcaster TF1, which drew its largest audience of the tournament - and its highest ratings of the year - with 12.9 million watching France beat Uruguay.
The teams have met 73 times before with Belgium winning on 30 occasions, France 24, and 19 matches drawn.
Since Le Bleus' title success at the 1998 World Cup on home soil, Le Bleus are yet to have their hands on the title, though they came close at the 2006 edition but missed out in a dramatic penalty shootout against eventual victor Italy.