Bitter Belgium star Eden Hazard has blasted France over their “negative” tactics in their 1-0 World Cup semi-final defeat.
The Red Devils had 64 per cent of the possession as Didier Deschamps’ men sat back and looked to hit them on the counter.
Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal of the game – powering home from a set-piece – as Roberto Martinez’s side struggled to create many clear-cut chances.
Chelsea winger Hazard, 27, who supported Les Bleus as a kid and even wore the 1998 shirt, said: “I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France.”
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois echoed his club and country team-mate by launching an attack on France’s “anti-football”.
Courtois, 26, raged to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: “France have played anti-football.
“I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal.
“It’s their right to play like that… but it’s not nice to see.
“Not only the French tactics, but the referee. He didn’t call well at all.”
However, despite his protests Courtois was the busier keeper on the night.
He faced 19 shots, with five of those on target, while Hugo Lloris made three saves from nine shouts.
Jan Vertonghen added: “I am disillusioned, especially because we feel that we were the strongest team in the tournament.
“It’s frustrating to play against such a team, very closed.
“It’s a very experienced team against which you have to score the first goal.”
Kevin De Bruyne said: “Have I been annoyed by France? No, I play at Man City.
“I play against teams that play so defensively 90 per cent of the time.
“That is football. What they do, they do well.
“Both teams have had opportunities.
“That one goal makes the difference.”