France's route to the World Cup final

France's route to the World Cup final

Mr Carr, 25, from Acomb, in York, said the pair knew they had to get to Russian Federation for the game, given neither were alive the last time England played such a crucial tie.

The Germany legend assesses the four teams standing in the World Cup and dishes out a little praise on England, Gareth Southgate, Harry Maguire.

"I don't have the words".

Dele Alli still has to sometimes pinch himself when he considers the strides he has made from League One to a World Cup semi-final with England. Not even in my wildest dreams, and I am a big dreamer, would I have imagined this.

Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game. His team-mates also play at top-draw clubs.

"I'm very proud of their mentality as well because I know it's not just that you are playing at a high level that you are going to score goals but with our state of mind we can climb mountains and that's what we've done so far".

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France coach Didier Deschamps fell into Umtiti's arms after the final whistle.

"President Emmanuel Macron came to see us in the dressing room", he confirmed. "Everyone is with us, we're all in this together". "It's been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going".

"What we did 20 years ago will always remain, but you have to live in the present, you can't look in the rear-view mirror, you have to move forward", explained Deschamps.

A much tougher test is expected in Moscow today against a Croatia side that swept past Argentina in the group stages and boasts the midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona. We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again". They won the World Cup they last hosted in 1998, beating Brazil 3-0.

The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.

"Every city we've played in, and our base in particular, but everywhere we've played, we've had a really warm welcome, the organization of the tournament has been absolutely first-class".

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