• Germany face EURO 2016 hosts France in last four on Thursday.
  • Winner will play Portugal or Wales in Sunday's final.
  • Dortmund's Julian Weigl could start in Marseille. brings you all the live build-up and match action as world champions Germany take on tournament hosts France in the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals.

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20:45 - That's a wrap

That brings an end to our rolling coverage for today, thanks very much for joining us. We will be back first thing tomorrow morning to bring you more of the build-up ahead of what is sure to be a cracker!

20:35 - Boost for Germany

Speaking in Marseille after landing earlier today, Germany head coach Joachim Löw provided a welcome piece of news, announcing that captain Bastian Schweinsteiger "has recovered from injury and will definitely start the game tomorrow."

20:00 - Five reasons why Germany will win

World champions, a solid defence, big-game pedigree and the weight of history on their side: there are many reasons why Germany have the wherewithal to get the better of France. Head here for a comprehensive analysis of why they will reach the final.

Bayern defender Mats Hummels (r.) is set to come up against in-form France striker Olivier Giroud on Thursday. © gettyimages / Hangst

19:30 - Germany have arrived

The world champs have touched down in Marseille safe and sound...

18:50 - Lizarazu: 'Coman can cause problems'

Former FC Bayern left-back Bixente Lizarazu is eagerly looking forward to Germany's semi-final clash with France tomorrow. The Frenchman was a world and European champion during his playing days with Les Bleus and remains a popular figure in Munich, where he helped the side lift numerous pieces of silverware. He is perfectly placed, therefore, to analyse the situation ahead of tie in Marseille. Head here for our exclusive interview with him.

Bizente Lizarazu won the World Cup and European Championship with France as a player, and also lifted the Bundesliga title five times. © gettyimages / Dean Mouhtaropoulos

18:15 - Local flavour

After one market stall in Frankfurt rose to prominence with its colourful display before Germany's quarter-final against Italy, the owners have got creative once again in the run-up to the semi-final with France too...

18:00 - Safe flight!

The Germany camp are currently airborne as they make their way to the south of France.

17:45 - Pitch prepared

The Stade Velodrome in Marseille is watered and ready for action to commence tomorrow...

17:30 - Opportunity knocks for Reus

Borussia Dortmund superstar Marco Reus suffered injury heartache for the second time in two years, forcing him to miss out on a second successive major tournament with Germany. However, the 27-year-old could soon have something to smile about: he is one of the nominees to be the global cover star for the FIFA 17 game. Head here for more and to find out how you can make your vote count!

You can help Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus become the global cover star of EA Sports' FIFA 17 game. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

17:05 - Final day round-up

Our friends over at the German Football Association (DFB) have put together this rather nice video of how they spent their last day at their base in Evian...

16:52 - Germany en route

The world champions have left their training base, bidding farewell to the hotel staff as they head for Marseille, where they will meet France...

16:40 - Coman's highlight reel

One player who could prove to be a thorn in Germany's side is FC Bayern München winger Kingsley Coman, who had a stunning debut season in the Bundesliga. Check out just what he is capable of in the video below:

16:16 - Who to watch against France

Facing the tournament hosts in a semi-final might be a daunting prospect for most teams, but Germany have already shown they're more than well equipped for the challenge - just ask the Brazil side from the 2014 World Cup.

Will they be able to succeed at the same stage again? We outline five key members of Joachim Löw's side who could be crucial to their hopes of doing so.

Manuel Neuer (l.) and Joshua Kimmich (r.) are both set to start for Germany against France. © gettyimages

15:55 - Germany bromance

15:42 - Hector's remarkable rise

1. FC Köln's Jonas Hector scored the decisive penalty for Germany in their nail-biting quarter-final shootout against Italy - a strike that thrust him into the global spotlight. Find out more about the man who has developed into Die Nationalmannschaft's first-choice left-back here.

1. FC Köln's Jonas Hector has made the left-back spot in the Germany national team his own in recent months. © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein

15:25 - Draxler and Sane relaxed

14:13 - The Unmissable Seven have pored over the new #bundesligaschedule picking out seven show-stopping matches that you must not miss during the Hinrunde.

13:58 - Happy referee reunion

Italian Nicola Rizzoli was the man in the middle when Mario Götze scored the only goal to beat Argentina and win the World Cup for Germany...he'll be in charge again in Marseille.

Nicola Rizzoli oversaw one of Germany's greatest footballing moments in Brazil two years ago. © gettyimages / Jamie Squire

13:32 - Schweini on the mend

12:08 - Weigl to start?

Julian Weigl rose to the top of the pile with Dortmund last season.

After emerging as a mainstay of the Borussia Dortmund side last season, Julian Weigl could now feature in a EURO semi-final for his country.

Read more about the BVB midfield metronome here.

11:38 - Last outing before Marseille

Germany have started their last training session in Evian. Only the injured Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez are not taking part.

11:03 - Meanwhile, in Lyon...

Portugal's Renato Sanches could face even more future Bayern team-mates in Sunday's EURO final.

Germany and France will know who they will face in Sunday's final before they kick off with Portugal and Wales playing in Lyon on Wednesday evening. Portugal's star has been Renato Sanches, who will play for Bayern next season after his summer move. Check out this on the Portuguese prodigy.

10:47 - Bon voyage

10:25 - Good omen for Germany?

Gerd Müller scored the winner as Germany won the 1974 World Cup on 7 July. © imago

July 7 is already a date that is celebrated in the German football calendar - exactly 42 years ago on Thursday Germany won the 1974 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. Will Joachim Löw's men give the day extra significance? And the man who scored the matchwinner was called Müller...another sign perhaps?

09:38 - Müller to end EURO jinx?

It's hard to believe Thomas Müller has not scored in this tournament after his sizzling form in front of goal for Bayern last season. But is he anxious about the situation? Judge for yourselves...

9:14 - Germany's plans for the day

08:00 - Good morning...

We continue our countdown to Germany's EURO semi-final with hosts France. Kick-off in Marseille is on Thursday at 21:00CEST/19:00GMT. Wednesday will see the pre-match press conferences with coaches Joachim Löw and Didier Deschamps, as well as the team captains, Manuel Neuer and Hugo Lloris. Not often you have two goalkeepers leading their nations in the same match.

Tuesday 5 July

18:20 - Bierhoff's final word of warning

We are now going to wrap up today's coverage of our liveblog, but we'll be back with more on Wednesday morning as we build up to each team's final training session and bring you the result of the other semi-final, as Wales take onPortugal.

We will leave the final word today to Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff, a man who knows a thing or two about these types of games - let us not forget he netted the winning goal at Wembley 20 years ago when Germany were last crowned kings of Europe... Good evening one and all!

17:57 - A neutral's favourite

It is not just their brand of football that attracts admirers the world over - it is also the down-to-earth nature of characters such as Müller that has won over a host of supporters to Germany's cause. Honest, quirky and entirely natural in interviews, Müller is not your archetypal footballer, neither on nor off the pitch. Who wouldn't love Bayern's joker in the pack?

17:14 - Müller relaxed

Thomas Müller has banked 783 European championship minutes since making his EURO debut four years ago, but the Bayern star has yet to score on the EURO stage. Is he concerned? Not really. "I'm not fuelled by goals," he explained. "I'm fuelled by my desire for success. Obviously I'd like to have scored, but in South Africa I finished the World Cup as the top scorer. I missed out in the semi-final with a suspension and we went home. I enjoyed Brazil a lot more, but a goal would help as I would not to have to answer questions about me not scoring!"

16:22 - Götze ready and raring

Mario Götze could also benefit from Germany's current personnel problems. The Bayern midfielder started all three group games, but is yet to feature in the knockout rounds. Mario Gomez's tournament-ending hamstring injury could, however, pave the way for his return to the starting line-up in Marseille.

16:03 - Höwedes precaution

FC Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Höwedes, who is widely expected to fill in for suspended centre-back Mats Hummels against France, did not take part in team training this morning. The 28-year-old instead joined Bastian Schweinsteiger in the cardio tent, albeit only as a precaution following an injury-hit domestic campaign.

15:09 - Target practice

Some great ball striking from France's Anthony Martial in training today, but he'll have to do even better than that to get past Manuel 'the Wall' Neuer!

14:57 - "The best goalkeeper in the world"

Only one man France's Moussa Sissoko can be talking about, here. You guessed it, Manuel Neuer. "We'll need to make decisions more quickly and be clinical in front of goal," the 26-year-old midfielder explained. "We know that he plays as a sweeper. He plays high up the pitch and cuts lots of balls out. It's up to us to be aware of that [...] We haven't taken on a team as big as Germany yet. Thursday is a huge game."

The France camp have been talking up Germany sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer. © imago

14:39 - Battle of the Bayern boys

Joshua Kimmich and Co. could be in for a good ribbing from FC Bayern teammate Kingsley Coman, should France topple Germany tomorrow night. "I've spoken a bit on the phone to Joshua Kimmich," the France winger said. "I hope we play well and then when I get back to Germany I'll be able to wind him up a bit."

14:16 - "Our bogey team"

Olivier Giroud says Manuel Neuer "is no insurmountable wall", but the France forward did admit that "Germany are something of our bogey team." Les Bleus' record at major tournaments against Die Mannschaft reads W1, L3.

Manuel Neuer starred as Germany beat Italy on penalties in the quarter-finals. © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein

13:52 - Bundesliga core

As Neuer touched on, Germany have more than enough about them to keep Olivier Giroud quiet. Click here to find out which Bundesliga players we believe will make all the difference for the world champions in Marseille.

13:37 - France's danger man?

France striker Olivier Giroud has put three goals past Manuel Neuer at club level in the UEFA Champions League, but Germany's no.1 is not overly concerned by the threat the Arsenal front man poses:

13:16 - All in the preparation for Neuer

Bayern and Germany stopper Manuel Neuer has conceded just once in five EURO 2016 outings so far in France and plans to keep it that way. The 30-year-old also saved two penalties in the dramatic shootout win over Italy in the last eight.

13:01 - Müller "optimistic"

Thomas Müller has yet to fire at this summer's competition - in fact he has never scored at a European Championships - but the Bayern forward believes his side have enough as a team to overcome free-scoring France:

12:57 - Good vibrations

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff, who netted the trophy-clinching golden goal when Die Mannschaft last tasted EURO gold back in 1996, has been talking up the harmony in the camp ahead of Thursday's clash:

12:40 - Weigl to start?

With Sami Khedira definitely out and Bastian Schweinsteiger nursing a minor knee injury, Löw has intimated that Borussia Dortmund talent Julian Weigl could have a role to play against Les Bleus. The 20-year-old midfielder has only been capped once before at senior international level and was a surprise inclusion in the squad for the finals, but displayed maturity beyond his years throughout his debut season in the Bundesliga in 2015/16. Get the lowdown on the budding pass master right here.

Dortmund's Julian Weigl could receive only his second senior international cap against France. © gettyimages / Christof Koepsel

12:30 - Hey folks!

In two days' time, Germany and France will take to the field at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille to battle it out for a place in the final of UEFA EURO 2016. Joachim Löw's side were beaten finalists in 2008 and lost to Italy in the last four in 2012 - can the world champions go the distance and make it a clean sweep of international honours at the third time of asking? Stay with us for the duration to find out!