Mbappe expects 'weird' World Cup reunion with Thierry Henry

France sensation Kylian Mbappe is braced for an unusual clash with Belgium and its assistant coach Thierry Henry.

Thierry Henry, 1998 World Cup winner with France, has been serving as Belgium's assistant coach since 2016.   -  Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe admitted it will be bizarre to see former idol Thierry Henry backing Belgium in France's bid for a place in the World Cup final.

Henry, a 1998 champion with Les Bleus, finds himself in a peculiar position leading into Tuesday's semi-final encounter in St Petersburg as he plots the downfall of his home nation.

The former Arsenal forward has assisted Belgium boss Roberto Martinez since 2016 and could provide valuable insights into the team he represented on 123 occasions.

Mbappe, long likened in playing style to Henry, anticipates mixed feelings from both sides.

"It's going to be weird to see Thierry again. He is someone I like a lot," the teenager told Telefoot.

"There is a lot of respect between us. He was a great player, he inspired me.

"He is French, but he will be on the bench of the opponent. It will surely be weird for him too."

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Mbappe has been one of the standout stars of France's surge to the final four in Russia, scoring three goals and turning in a series of electrifying performances.

The Paris Saint-Germain attacker claims spirits are high among Didier Deschamps' squad as it aims to return to the final for the first time since 2006.

"We're feeling better and better and delivering more and more solid performances," he said.

"A team is forming and that's important."

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