Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals

Alli heads in England's second. Image PA Images

Alli heads in England's second. Image PA Images

Sunday French paper Le Journal du Dimanche also devoted several pages to the friendship and rivalry between the two countries and attached an excerpt from an Asterix comic book showing a dispute between Belgian and Gallic chieftains.

Deschamps is aiming to join Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo as the only men to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager.

Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament.

Kane is leading the World Cup top scorer charts with six goals so far, and he has a chance to extend his lead over four-goal Romelu Lukaku when he takes on Croatia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Croatia vs England Semi-final will take place on Wednesday, July 11. In Russia, he has started all of France's World Cup matches except one.


"They made a commitment of trying to help each other become a high-performance squad and to come together to be as good as we can at global level has been a two-year process".

England are through to the World Cup semi-finals - incredible. When he plays a bit more in the final third his performance is very, very attractive.

Martinez shot down suggestions Belgium might have played their best game in beating Brazil in the last eight and would find it hard to lift their game again for the challenge of France.

The two that expected semifinal berths are France and Belgium, and they will be the first semifinal matchup.

France coach Didier Deschamps' first-choice right back, Djibril Sidibe, injured his right knee in April, making way for Pavard. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.


Belgium meet France in the semis in St Petersburg on Tuesday with the Red Devils tantalisingly close now to fulfilling their potential.

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said.

"This team have been playing together for seven or eight years and I think he has brought us tighter together with more belief in winning it".

"We're disappointed, we wanted to get into the final, we need to put this behind us and look forward to the next game".

And now, with England's biggest game in years on the horizon, Alli has directly tweeted fans to show his appreciation for what they've done throughout the World Cup (see below).


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