Robert Prosinecki, a member of the 1998 squad, told AFP: "I would so much like that they be better than us".
Brazil haven't won the World Cup since 2002 which is their second longest run without winning it.
"I've seen lots of ex-players and had lots of messages from ex-players as well who have the same view, so we're really pleased with his contribution, and his work-rate as well without the ball has been incredible for us".
England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true. We're tired but there can be no excuses: we've got to the semi-final, we're here to enjoy ourselves and give our all, we do not want to say we're worn out or exhausted.
France's goalkeeper also made two key saves to add to some similar heroics in the previous rounds but looked to play down his individual performance.
During the group stage in Russian Federation, coach Zlatko Dalic said it was hard to compare generations when events were separated by a 20-year gap.
This means you won't be able to pop into either store to impulse purchase some special buys, because both stores have promised staff they can go home at 3pm because "it's coming home". "This is what drives, that is our petrol", Dalic said. "We always try to find comparisons, rightly or wrongly".
Henry did everything he could to help Belgium bring down France, but ultimately the team with more goals than any in the tournament was unable to score in the semifinals.
"I'm not saying I'm not proud of what we did 20 years ago - no-one can erase that - but one must live in their times".
The England women's side are now in the qualifying stages for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.
"But now. I pray and I would give anything in the world that this squad eventually "confines us to history". I can not look and see what is in the rear-view mirror. "We are in a World Cup semi-final".