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Lloris Speaks On France Semi-Final Clash Against Morocco

Hugo Lloris insists France will need ‘all our strength, all our energy’ when they face Morocco in the World Cup semi-finals.Les Bleus became the first reigning champions to reach the last four since Brazil in 1998 after edging out England in a tight quarter-final on Saturday, Olivier Giroud’s late header settling the tie.It was a special day for Lloris, who became France’s record cap holder after surpassing Lilian Thuram (142) with his 143rd international appearance.To mark the occasion, the captain was presented with a commemorative shirt by Didier Deschamps as attention turns to the tournament’s surprise package in Morocco, who became the first African nation to reach the semi-finals after stunning Portugal.

“[I am] still proud, still honoured to wear the shirt of Les Bleus, even after 143 appearances,” Lloris said in a video posted on France’s official Twitter account.”I really want to thank the team, the staff, the entire management for making this game so special. Beating England in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, it will remain a special memory for me, but also for my family who were present.”Now, we’ll prepare well for this semi-final against Morocco. We’ll need all our strength, all our energy knowing that there’s something really special we can achieve.”I think we’re all aware of this, but we’ll continue to be calm and collected. But it has to come from [the stomach].

“Antoine Griezmann was also presented with a personalised shirt, his pinpoint cross for Giroud’s winner against England was his record-breaking 28th assist for Les Bleus.The Atletico Madrid forward, who believes he will soon be surpassed by Kylian Mbappe (18), urged his team-mates not to lose sight on retaining the world title for the first time since Brazil in 1962.”Kylian only needs 10 assists to reach 28, so I’m going to enjoy this moment!” he laughed. “There are still two games left, we can do it. Let’s concentrate, be focused and enjoy.”

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