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France edge Belgium in low-scoring thriller to make final

Olivier Giroud of France in action during of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia quarter final match between Uruguay and France France have improved since Giroud was brought into the starting XI Credit ANADOLU
Rita Gibson | 11 July, 2018, 11:01

'Our country has had a long time of suffering in terms of football, the enthusiasm the supporters have for these players, not only because of the way they've played but how they've conducted themselves (has been great),' said the England boss.

After an emotional appearance, Mark tells, Bobby asked: "How did Gascoigne play?" The first of the two semifinal matches are set to be played.

Since then they have been unable to make it past the group stage until this year, including failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"We've been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, but we were never quite sure how far this team could go", said Southgate.

"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games".

"It had tactical understanding, it had technically good players". We're pleased with the intelligence and style of our play.

After far exceeding expectations in the early stage of the competition, Russian Federation was knocked out by Croatia on Saturday in the quarterfinals, leading many in the host nation to stop following the tournament.

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"I didn't see France running away with the game", Martinez added. Let us know your thoughts - and if you threw the remote at the TV during Alli's celebrations - by posting a comment below.

His positioning is crucial to Gareth Southgate's 3-1-4-2 formation when the opposition have the ball.

"We have a privilege to get to the final", he said, before saying he was "here to write a new page in history".

Just three words seemed to be on the lips of England fans who have travelled to Russian Federation for the Three Lions' clash with Croatia.

"For me, I know I'm ready, and I can say the same for my teammates".

Martinez admitted Saturday's third-fourth place play-off game is not one for which it will be easy to prepare, but challenged his players to see it as another opportunity. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his French Counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Team France's victory over Belgium and advancement to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, the Kremlin press service said early on Wednesday.

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