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.
That leaves perhaps the most wide-open World Cup of modern times heading towards the final week, and England manager Southgate has called on his team to take advantage.
They are one of those teams which have evolved as the tournament progressed and have learnt from their mistakes especially after the Japan game, where they had to come back from a two-goal deficit.
And Hazard's bracket is remarkably accurate, with five of eight quarter-finalists correctly predicted as well as France's meeting with Belgium in the semi-final. Meanwhile, Brazil has been eliminated for the fourth successive World Cup by a European opponent.
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"President Putin called me before the (last-16) game with the Spanish and after", said Cherchesov, who masterminded a win against Spain on penalties in the last 16.
He said: "Everybody knows Didier Drogba is a bit of a big brother to me".
Hazard then predicts an England vs Belgium final with his country coming out on top over the Three Lions and claiming their first major worldwide trophy.
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"He's given the team the desire to attack, " French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said of Henry. But I'd be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong side.
The Seleção plummeted out of the World Cup on Friday after falling to defeat at the hands of Belgium in the quarter final, leaving Tite to pick up the pieces as criticism over his team selection reached boiling point.