Pogba praise after he helps France reach World Cup final

Pogba praise after he helps France reach World Cup final

Pogba praise after he helps France reach World Cup final

After winning back-to-back penalty shootouts to reach their second-ever (1998) World Cup semifinal, Croatia's tank will be closer to empty than any of the four sides still competing in Russian Federation, but Modric believes they can dig deep once more and qualify for the final.

England will face Croatia on Wednesday in their first World Cup semi-final match since 1990.

Southgate is convinced the future is bright whatever the outcome.

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal.

England have been rewriting history in Russian Federation, and Southgate is hoping there will be more to come as they play their most important World Cup game since losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-finals of Italia '90.

"My biggest question before the tournament was about who was going to be the goalkeeper and whether they would be good enough".

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see". We've been playing well, we're learning and we're all enjoying it. "So I've made sure that my players are prepared for any scenarios from the beginning of the match and during the match as well if it changes". Les Bleus topped Group C without really convincing, but knockout-stage wins over Argentina and Uruguay have enhanced their credentials as serious contenders.

Martinez went on to observe how De Bruyne's exceptional vision, range of passing and reading of a game make him a fans' favourite when he operates in the final third, while the same qualities can also be more subtly decisive from deep.

"We keep looking to break the barriers down". We want to continue doing everybody proud'.

Lady Elsie said: "It's marvellous that this fundraising event has supported our Foundation since our launch 10 years ago".

"England have every chance of being in the final". Our supporters have had a long time of suffering in terms of football.

'Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity, but sport can unite.

They showed another side to their game in this second half, looked more confident, and the goal helped.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "England's performances under the astute management and leadership of Gareth Southgate in this World Cup have been absolutely sensational and instilled enormous excitement and pride in people of all ages across the country and of course here in Leeds".

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